Spelling You See Level A: Listen & Write Universal Set

Spelling You See Level A: Listen & Write Universal Set

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Product Description:

Includes the student workbook, sticker pack, instructor handbook, and the guide to handwriting laminated card.

Publisher Description:

The Listen and Write Universal Set includes everything you need to move your preliterate student to the phonetic stage of spelling with 36 weeks lessons (divided into five daily parts): the Instructor's Handbook with introduction to the philosophy of Spelling You See and a Getting Started guide, and the Student Pack with the Student Workbook, Listen and Write Sticker Pack and Guide to Handwriting. Your child is beginning to experience the printed page and needs your help to develop concepts of how spelling works and how letters are formed and put together to make words. Listen and Write is a fun and natural way to ease your child into the world of English spelling. In this level your child will learn correct pencil grip, correct letter formation, consonants, and short vowels. Listen and Write will provide your child with the foundation they need to become confident, competent spellers.

Category Description for Spelling You See Level A:

For the beginning reader who is learning letter names and sounds and how to hold a pencil properly. This level is designed as a transition from phonics/reading skills to writing skills. Without an overall understanding of the program, this level might seem more phonics than spelling and part of the emphasis is on beginning handwriting skills. Resources include a Daily Dictation List, a General Dictation List, a Glossary, and a Bibliography.




Category Description for Spelling You See:

Chunking, copywork, and dictation. Those three skills encapsulate the Spelling You See (SYS) program from Demme Learning (the Math-U-See people). To obtain "good spelling skills" means that correctly spelled words are locked in long term memory, ready to be plunked down into writing assignments and used in emails without the benefit of spell-checkers. Remembering letter patterns and using words in context provide the not-so-secret pathway to long-term spelling mastery. Spelling You See delivers a systematic and easy-to-use methodology for recognizing letter patterns and developing visual memory by the repetitious use of words in context.

The Spelling You See methodology employs chunking (identifying and color-marking the letter combinations) in a real-life informative passage to identify the spelling rules in words and then copywork (first) and dictation (follow-up) to solidify the word's visual picture and send it to long-term memory. It works! With SYS, you can totally avoid the learned-by-Friday, forgotten-by-Monday nature of weekly spelling list programs; there are no weekly spelling lists or tests.

Identifying five developmental stages of spelling, SYS then targets their levels to these stages. Stage I is Preliterate; students are learning about the printed page and the flow of reading material based on their literary environment. Stage II, Phonetic, is an auditory stage where students become able to distinguish the individual sounds that make up spoken words. Stage III, Skill Development, is learning effective ways to deal with the phonics exceptions. Repetition over several years is necessary at this stage. In Stage IV, Word Extension, the focus is on syllables, prefixes and suffixes. Lastly, Stage V, Derivational Constancy, looks for word root patterns.

Movement through these developmental stages is sequential as each stage builds on the previous one. Spelling stages do not necessarily correspond to reading levels - an excellent reader can still struggle with spelling. Developing a strong visual memory is the underlying skill set that is critical for progressing through the stages. The consistency and repetition of the SYS daily work builds visual memory. Please note the skills associated with each Level to determine good placement for your student; a placement guide is available from a link in our online description.

All levels have 36 weeks of lessons, each providing daily activities for five days. Course components include an Instructor Handbook plus a two-volume set of Student Workbooks.

The Instructor Handbooks include an introduction that reviews the SYS philosophy, outlines the five developmental stages, and provides curriculum sequence and placement guidelines. The rest of the book contains the specifics for that particular level. These include a Getting Started section, Lesson-by-Lesson Instructions, a Weekly Activity Guide, and a Frequently Asked Questions section that addresses random issues that may arise.

An Answer Key for each level is included in the back of the Instructor's Handbook. These answer keys are full-color and show the highlighting and underlining (in appropriate colors) that the student is being asked to do (which also simplifies the grading process). Each level has an online page with links to additional materials and resources. The website and an access code are included with each Instructor Handbook.

Weekly lessons follow a consistent pattern that includes guided reading, chunking (marking words), copywork, and dictation. Each week also features special activities that vary with the level. For instance, Level C has "No Rule Day" with activities to encourage writing. Each level has its own theme. Informative passages in each of the weekly lessons relate to this theme. These passages vary in length from lists of words in Level A to rhymes in Level B, to 60 or so words in Level C, to 100 or so words in Level G. Each weekly lesson starts with reading the passage. All passages are included in the Resources section of the Instructor Handbook.

Chunking is the colorful heart of the SYS program and it's easy to see why the consistent color-coding of the passage words develops visual memory. Chunking involves identifying a phonics pattern within words and highlighting it. Types of chunks are highlighted with specific colors. For instance, vowel chunks are yellow, consonant chunks are blue, bossy r' is purple, silent letters are orange, and tricky y' guy is green. Although the colors don't vary, different levels focus on different chunks. The lessons, especially those in the earlier levels, include instructions on how to identify the chunks.

Chunking, highlighting, and copying the passage make up the activities for the first three days weekly. The third day often incorporates an additional activity: perhaps exercises, perhaps composition. The last two days are reserved for dictation (the same passage, but written from hearing it read). Dictation days are skill building days (not tests). The student is encouraged to write a word several times to see which way looks right (to catch sloppy copy).

The two Student Workbooks provide ample space for all the written work (with perforated pages for easy removal if you choose). Artwork is generous, colorful, and pertains to each level's theme. Students need a regular pencil and colored pencils or highlighters to complete lessons. Workbook sets B-G each include a good-quality set of erasable colored pencils. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
Spelling/Vocabulary
Grade Start
K
Grade End
1
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Format
Other
Brand Name
Demme Learning
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We have used Level B and C with my older child ( he enjoyed it ) so I am starting my 6yr old on this level.
User on Jul 25, 2019
Plan to use with my kindergartener to work on spelling and handwriting.
Andrea M on Jul 15, 2018
We have used Level B and C with my older child ( he enjoyed it ) so I am starting my 6yr old on this level.
User on Jul 25, 2019
We have had wonderful success with this program for helping students become stronger in reading and spelling.
User on Sep 28, 2018
Plan to use with my kindergartener to work on spelling and handwriting.
Andrea M on Jul 15, 2018
My older son loves his spelling you see book. Hopefully his little brother will love it too!
Brittany N on Jan 31, 2018
I have read excellent reviews about the Spelling You See series. After reviewing samples, I believe this will work very well for my grandson, based on his learning style and signs of readiness. I like the way the lessons seem to incorporate letter recognition, phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, reading and writing. I plan to use this in conjunction with Explode the Code A-C, as I believe they will reinforce and complement each other well.
Karen M on Jan 18, 2018
We tried this curriculum with a child who is reluctant to write. She likes these spelling pages because of the bright colors and manageable work amount for one day. Now I am buying them for my next child.
Stan M on Jan 3, 2018
We have had wonderful success with this program for helping students become stronger in reading and spelling.
User on Sep 28, 2018
My older son loves his spelling you see book. Hopefully his little brother will love it too!
Brittany N on Jan 31, 2018
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