Hooked on Spelling
It's not hard to guess the connection Hooked on Phonics; Hooked on Spelling. Just like its "kissing cousin, Hooked on Spelling is fun, colorful, and easy-to-use. The general format of the program is familiar as well: Learn (a short 5-7 minute, computer-based lesson), Practice (5-7 minute segment with the engaging workbooks), and Play (another 5-7 minutes having fun with new skills). Each lesson ends with a celebration and a sticker on a progress chart. In fact, this celebration is part of the overall educational philosophy of the program which includes working side by side with your student, encouragement/praise, mastery, being patient, not overdoing it, working in a quiet place, employing real-world spelling activities, surrounding the child with words, and lastly (most importantly?) reading with the child every day. There are two levels: Yellow roughly corresponding to the 1st grade level of HOP Learn to Read and Red, corresponding to HOP Learn to Read 2nd grade. Program components for each level include a CD-ROM, a worktext, a spelling study card, a progress poster and stickers. The CD-ROM lessons (20 including reviews) each provide instruction plus interactive reinforcement. Worktexts are for practice and include exercises, reviews and family-time activities. Each word is written at least three times in this segment. The wipe-off Spelling Study Card is available for more practice and provides some guidance for effective mastery. Stickers applied to the Colorful Poster (11 x 7, laminated) track your student's progress. All instruction centers around the computer component and although the computer program is professional with good audio and practice, there is no way to skip forward through the lessons. If typing is a roadblock for the child, it may be frustrating. The Yellow level (six words per lesson) covers beginning consonant and rhyming word families, ending consonant sounds, short vowels, beginning and ending blends, word families with ending blends, "ch, "sh, "th, and some irregular words. The Red level (eight words per lesson) covers short vowels vs. long vowels, blends vs. non-blends, "c sounds, "g sounds, "y, plurals and other endings, and some irregular words. ~ JaniceSystem Requirements: Windows 2000, XP or higher; Mac OS 10.1 or higher.
Hooked on PhonicsHooked on Spelling helps children develop a solid foundation in spelling rules and patterns because it was designed with the knowledge of how kids learn best: by combining fun, computer-based lessons with workbook practice and real-world activities.