Reason for Spelling E Student Book 2nd Edtn

Reason for Spelling E Student Book 2nd Edtn

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Item #: 005546
ISBN: 9781589382749
Grades: 5

Publisher Description:

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

The Level E Student Worktext includes 32 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 20 weekly Spelling words will require the most focused practice. 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 E corresponds with the same week's verse in A Reason For Handwriting Level E, 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
Softcover Book
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The Concerned Group
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10.88" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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I have used this spelling program for almost 20 years and have not found anything better.
Karen B on Jun 29, 2021
Needed it for a second student.
Jacqueline H on Jul 31, 2020
I have used this spelling program for almost 20 years and have not found anything better.
Karen B on Jun 29, 2021
It was highly recommended by a friend who has been homeschooling for years.
Maria C on Sep 1, 2020
Needed it for a second student.
Jacqueline H on Jul 31, 2020
recommended by trusted friend
Megan B on Jul 25, 2020
Each week my kids love to curl up with me and listen to the story of the week. We love the lessons about life. When it comes to the spelling activities, we love how they learn their words, but not in a boring memorization format. Instead there are games, dictation, proofreading to make it much more interesting. They aced their tests using this material!
Kristin M on Jul 18, 2020
Love the previous ones. Using for 5th grade
Lisa T on Jun 27, 2020
I love the character building stories that go along with each lesson in this series. My kids like the crosswords and puzzles and fun ways to practice their words in a workbook with fun pictures, etc. It's a win win for teacher/mom and students/kids. :)
Bessie K on Aug 5, 2019
I have used all of the spelling books. It is an easy kid & mom friendly book. I don't do the stories because we have our own reading program. These books work fine without the stories.
Cathy S on Jul 16, 2019
Goes with the companion book.
Adriane M on Aug 6, 2018
Ive used it in the past and loved it.
Jennifer T on Jul 31, 2018
It is a well written program.
Janet D on Aug 22, 2017
We have used this books in the past and they are easy for the students to work with.
Gerber H on Aug 9, 2017
My kids have LOVED this curriculum. Their favorite is A Reason for Spelling as it has a story, and the exercises are interactive and fun, so they remember the words
Sussie S on Sep 5, 2016
On class list.
Lisa G on Aug 3, 2016
Have been using this curriculum for years, and it is the best I have used.
Malinda T on Jan 23, 2016
It was highly recommended by a friend who has been homeschooling for years.
Maria C on Sep 1, 2020
recommended by trusted friend
Megan B on Jul 25, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Exceptional Spelling course that is also Christ Centered
Best spelling course I have seen. Solid spelling practices, fun presentation and Christ centered!
May 1, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This was an excellent product! When I first started homeschooling my son in kindergarten he loved Reading and Spelling Over the years however he grew to not like Spelling at all So I began to look for another curriculum which I thought he might enjoy yet still benefit from Last year I came upon this series and decided to give it a try It has changed my son's attitude about Spelling completely! It is now one of his favorite subjects and he actually asks to do it first! The best part is that he is retaining what he has learned very well! I love how it incorporates activities for every learning style it is still a colorful book so it looks fun and how easy it is to use I especially love how little teacher prep is necessary (I currently have four children I'm homeschooling soon to be more) You do need the teacher manual as there are sentences to dictate every week although you could make up your own We both enjoy the story that begins each week and the morals taught through them I'm definitely ordering from this publisher next year I only wish it could be ordered for higher grades It is definitelty worth buying Thank you so much for this product!
March 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
I love that this company uses so much scripture and good stories in this curriculum These are really good teaching stories We used this curriculum last year for Spelling However I didn't like that the practice was not really challenging and didn't think this was a very thorough spelling program We won't be using it this year
August 2, 2007

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