Reason for Spelling A Student Worktext 2nd Ed

Reason for Spelling A Student Worktext 2nd Ed

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Item #: 005533
ISBN: 9781589382701
Grades: 1

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NEW AND REVISED 2nd EDITION includes updates to weekly read-aloud stories, dictation sentences, student exercises, and more.

The Level A Student Worktext begins with 34 single-day Phonics exercises to strengthen the student's comprehension and reinforce fundamental skills. Upon completion of the Phonics section, there are 29 weekly lessons consisting of 5 days of Spelling exercises, activities and games.

The week begins with a read-aloud story (found in the Teacher Guidebook) to introduce the topic and theme Scripture text for the week. Students then complete a preview exercise that gauges which of the seven weekly Spelling words will require the most focused practice. (At the instructor's discretion, three additional "challenge" words are included each week.) In the following days, students complete a variety of learning activities and word games to help master the Spelling list and underlying concepts. The week concludes with a post-test to allow the student to demonstrate his progress.

Note: The weekly theme Scripture text in A Reason For Spelling Level A corresponds with the same week's verse in A Reason For Handwriting Level A, thus reinforcing the Scripture values found in each lesson.

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). The newly revised 2nd edition includes updates to weekly read-aloud stories, dictation sentences, student exercises, and more.

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Rebecca Burton
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I am using All About Spelling and my son just finished Level 1, but is not ready for Level 2 (due to his reading progress), so we will use this in the interim.
User on Feb 19, 2022
Love reason for writing
Heidi H on Jul 14, 2021
I am using All About Spelling and my son just finished Level 1, but is not ready for Level 2 (due to his reading progress), so we will use this in the interim.
User on Feb 19, 2022
Used this product in past
LISA B on Dec 31, 2021
Love reason for writing
Heidi H on Jul 14, 2021
Wonderful spelling books I've used with all my older kids, and now my littlest one is ready for his first spelling book, too!
Michelle E on Sep 16, 2020
The hands-on fun activities inside that give a variety of practice for the student makes this spelling series ideal for our homeschool family.
HOLLY B on Jun 1, 2020
FPA required 1st Grade book list
Swan D on Aug 12, 2019
In all my years of home schooling (year number 19 begins today!) I have not found a better, more solid/comprehensive spelling program than A Reason for Spelling. It is super easy to use and has an excellent combination of activities.
Karen B on Aug 5, 2019
I need the extra workbook for one of the twins
Brooke C on Aug 3, 2019
need it for freedom project academy
Lynn G on Sep 14, 2018
school book
Carmen L on Aug 29, 2018
Required for homeschool 1st grade class through Freedom Project Academy
Joan L on Aug 29, 2018
for my 1st grader
Sharon W on Aug 21, 2018
we are using it in a homeschool co-op class
Terri S on Jul 28, 2018
Required text for my child's school.
KRISTY C on Jul 27, 2018
We enjoy the story at the beginning of each week and the biblical application. I also like the hands-on activities and various ways to apply the spelling words rather than just writing a list over and over.
Theresa C on Jul 24, 2018
Good reviews
Kristi R on May 8, 2018
Great curriculum! I've used this with all my children!
Laurel C on Feb 24, 2018
Fun, colorful hands on way to learn spelling words. Not much phonics presentation though words are typically grouped by sounds or rules. It helps if the teacher has some background or other phonic instruction.
Kimberly H on Jul 18, 2017
I like that this spelling curriculum offers a variety of suggestions for teaching to various learning styles.
Kelly M on Jun 30, 2016
home school curriculum
Elba W on Dec 7, 2015
have used a reason for handwriting and liked the look of the spelling curriculum also
Tarrah W on Nov 29, 2015
Used this product in past
LISA B on Dec 31, 2021
Wonderful spelling books I've used with all my older kids, and now my littlest one is ready for his first spelling book, too!
Michelle E on Sep 16, 2020
Is the teacher's guide necessary?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Most of the information you need is in the book but to take advantage of all that they offer the teachers guide IS necessary. It has the story/devotional. It has the fill in the blank words for the senetences, etc.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great resource
I am using this with my oldest child and will continue using with my younger children when they are ready. Highly recommend.
June 19, 2020
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