Reason for Spelling C Homeschool Set

Reason for Spelling C Homeschool Set

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Item #: 005538
ISBN: 9780936785721
Grades: 3

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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).




Primary Subject
Spelling/Vocabulary
Grade
3
ISBN
9780936785721
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
The Concerned Group
Weight
3.5 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.5"
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I've never used this before. This is my first time. It was a bible based curriculum which I was looking for and my daughter looked at the samples and together we decided it was worth a try.
Kathy W on Feb 19, 2019
I've never used this before. This is my first time. It was a bible based curriculum which I was looking for and my daughter looked at the samples and together we decided it was worth a try.
Kathy W on Feb 19, 2019
The first time I bought A Reason for Spelling, I didn't buy the teacher's guide. We got through the book, but it is needed to be able to do all of the activities of this curriculum. I hope the activities will help my daughter learn spelling.
Sonya P on Aug 3, 2016
The first time I bought A Reason for Spelling, I didn't buy the teacher's guide. We got through the book, but it is needed to be able to do all of the activities of this curriculum. I hope the activities will help my daughter learn spelling.
Sonya P on Aug 3, 2016
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I love this spelling curriculum. My son looks forward to the story each week.
September 23, 2019
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We started using this curriculum after a month or so in another strictly-phonics based program My son has a good grasp of phonics so the other was not challenging enough A Reason For Spelling is based on high-frequency used words with a minor emphasis on phonics (words with similar sounds grouped together) The 1st thing I love about this curriculum is that there is a placement test which you can access on the publisher's website to help determine which level your child should use - great for homeschoolers! The 2nd thing I love is the variety of activities to practice the spelling list - way beyond just writing & saying it like our other curriculum The activities incorporate other language art skills like dictation word shapes proofreading etc There are so many activities that you can tailor the lesson to fit your needs The 3rd thing I love is that each list includes a review activity for each of the 4 main learning styles You can choose your child's strength or mix it up for variety Lastly it is Bible based with a key verse and character story each week These themes correspond with the A Reason for Handwriting lessons on the same level I found the teacher's manual helpful and would recommend it as it contains additional material like the key verse emphasis stories as well as answer keys There is little teacher prep each week; I just choose which activities my son will do for the week
January 25, 2013

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