Reason for Spelling A Homeschool Set

Reason for Spelling A Homeschool Set

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Item #: 005532
ISBN: 9780936785707
Grades: 1

Category Description for Reason for Spelling:

There are other curriculums on the market, and some offer very good spelling programs; however, if you're looking for something different, Reason for Spelling provides it. A theme story and scripture verse begin each week's lesson.

When your child knows the alphabet, recognizes letters, and can read single-syllable words, he or she can begin with the A-level spelling series. This level also includes a 65-page review section if your first-grade student needs extra practice before beginning the program. The pacing of the levels creates a system that equates each with a grade in school. In other words, A through F is suitable for grades one through six.

 A varied approach for homeschoolers to teach spelling

The six levels maintain the same schedule each week. Following the initial story and verse, a discussion segment is encouraged. The teacher's guide includes activities designed to evaluate the child's comprehension while motivating interest. The spelling section is introduced with a pretest. Each week's words are grouped according to phonetic and spelling pattern principles. Teacher-led activities and workbook exercises are included with each lesson. The work includes dictation practice, proofreading, and dictionary skills. A final test concludes each lesson.

Key features of each level:

  • Teacher guidebook and student workbook included in set
  • Optional CD set available for the story and verse segments
  • Curriculum objectives included
  • Colorful student workbooks containing cartoon illustrations
  • Phonetic and visual activities included
  • A variety of activities provided with each level, as well as the workbook to accommodate different learning styles
  • Additional activities provided for multi-student groups, such as a homeschool spelling program in which one child moves ahead quicker and requires extra work
  • "Fun Ways to Spell" allowing the students four activity options from which they can choose one to complete
  • Language arts section included in the lessons
  • Writing incorporated into the lessons by having students complete a journal entry of their experiences and opinions about the week's activities and vocabulary

From the same company that produces A Reason for Writing comes this impressive spelling program. A placement test at the beginning of each level helps you determine how to implement the program for your child or if you should place him in a lower level. Basically, a child should begin the first level book (A) as soon as he knows the alphabet, can recognize letters, and can spell short vowel, one-syllable words. For first-grade students who lack some of these skills, a rather extensive (65 page) phonics review section at the beginning of this level can be used before beginning the spelling program.

The format of lessons in each level is similar and follows the same weekly schedule. Each lesson begins with a scripture verse and theme story developing the verse (theme stories are also available on audio CD). Optional discussion questions for the story are included. A pre-test of the week's words is given next. Following correction of the words, students complete a Word Shapes activity in which they write each spelling word into a sequence of shaped boxes to help them form a correct visual image of each spelling word. Throughout the series, word lists consist of phonetically-grouped words. This series approaches spelling from both angles - phonetic and visual - which is realistic and should be effective. On Day Two, spelling words are studied using the "Hide and Seek" activity. This is a highly successful way to learn and retain word spelling. Other forms of the spelling words are listed on the lesson page. Students should read through these. An optional activity which incorporates this list is given in the Teacher Guidebook for use with students who are proficient spellers. A "Fun Ways to Spell" section lists four options (students choose one to complete) for additional spelling reinforcement. On Day Three, students complete a language arts activity that uses the week's words in the context of a meaningful activity to aid retention. These activities vary from level to level, incorporating more dictionary skills at the higher levels. On Day Four, the teacher dictates complete sentences, which include several of the target words in context, to the student. At the lower levels, students fill in one or more words in each sentence. At upper levels, students will transcribe the entire dictated sentence. A Proofreading activity is also completed. This has students fill in an oval next to the word (out of a group of words) that is misspelled. On Day Five students take a post-test, update their progress charts and add any missed words to their spelling dictionaries. Optional for this day is a learning game and weekly journaling activity. Student texts are full-color, adding visual appeal to the program. Scripture verses appear at the bottom of many pages for added inspiration. Teacher Guidebooks are essential to the use of this program. Most of the benefit of the program and all specific teaching instructions for using the worktext will be lost without them. We therefore strongly recommend purchasing the sets (which include both the Teacher Guidebook and Student Worktext).

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3.9375 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.62"
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A very easy to use, easy for the student to learn method of teaching spelling. A Plus that it is biblically based.
Natalie P on Oct 16, 2018
Simple layout and easy to use teachers manual
Tess J on Jul 26, 2016
A very easy to use, easy for the student to learn method of teaching spelling. A Plus that it is biblically based.
Natalie P on Oct 16, 2018
My son actually chose this over some other really great spelling programs. I think we will both enjoy this program a lot.
Kristen P on Jul 8, 2018
Simple layout and easy to use teachers manual
Tess J on Jul 26, 2016
Recommendation from a friend
Krista E on May 24, 2016
used before with great results. love the Christian focus
marchell s on Mar 23, 2016
My son actually chose this over some other really great spelling programs. I think we will both enjoy this program a lot.
Kristen P on Jul 8, 2018
Recommendation from a friend
Krista E on May 24, 2016
Is this a "rules-based" program?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't really think so. Book A reviews the letters/sounds of the alphabet before it launches into weekly word lists. They are themed by a single sound (so far just vowel sounds). Ie. The words for lesson 1 an, man, ran, can, cat, at, dad. My son loves the stories each week, but he's been reading for awhile so the words in this one are too easy for him. He likes to take the teachers book and read the stories himself as well as have me read them to him.
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Had issues with the placement
It didn't work well for my student. Level A was too easy but Level B was too difficult. She didn't care for many of the activities. It's a good program and would work really well in a classroom, but this particular kid felt like it was busy work mostly.
January 30, 2019
over 3 years ago
I bought this product along with several other levels for my children I have struggled to find a spelling program that works for us and found myself trying a new one each year I loved the idea behind this one but I found it to be too teacher intensive me As a mom of 4 I am on a budget and could not buy the audio so I was reading 4 different stories each Monday I spent over an hour each day teaching spelling alone I think this is a great spelling program for Christian schools and I have used many of the ideas in it but I do not think it is an excellent program for a mother of multiple learning levels
March 22, 2013
Spelling is not one of my childs strong points due to dyslexia but this program really �put a fire under her� for spellingThere is very cute stories that build character included and the ideas they give you for studying and remembering her spelling words were wonderful!!!If your child is a �hands on� learner like mine they will enjoy this Does involve some worksheets but also has great hands on activities too!
July 30, 2012
We purchased A Reason For Spelling for the first time last yearmy daughter's first grade year We had also purchased A Reason For Handwriting and I loved the fact that the same Bible verse was used in her handwriting and spelling work The Reason For Spelling workbook is appealing in a number of ways The amount of prep required is minimal the workbook is illustrated in a colorful cartoonish way that appealed to my daughter and the assignments teach to different learning styles At first my Perfectionist Paula didn't like the fact that she didn't know how to spell all the words on the pretest done at the beginning of the week but she soon got the routine down and allowed herself to make mistakes knowing that she would know how to spell the words on the end of the week test The end result is that my daughter learned to spell a lot of words without it being a frustrating thing like I hear from so many people My daughter called the extra phonics assignments at the beginning of the book her fun pages but I thought they were a great review I highly recommend this program!
September 1, 2009

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