Spelling You See Level A: Listen & Write Universal Set

Spelling You See Level A: Listen & Write Universal Set

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Item #: 071182
Grades: K-1
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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 which also don't necessarily conform to grade levels. [Any grade level assignments noted on our listings is for the convenience of our customers and have not been assigned by the authors of the program.] 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; placement guidelines are available from www.spellingyousee.com.

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 (except Level A which has only a single Student Workbook).

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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Brand Name
Demme Learning
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I used this series last year for both of my boys and I LOVED it! The lessons are open and go, brief, easy to use, and effective. I saw a great improvement in spelling for both of them. Ordering again for them and my Kindergarten student.
Charlene B on Aug 29, 2022
I am using Level F with my older children, and they love it, so I bought Level A for my kindergartner to start as soon as she is ready.
Kevin A on May 22, 2022
I used this series last year for both of my boys and I LOVED it! The lessons are open and go, brief, easy to use, and effective. I saw a great improvement in spelling for both of them. Ordering again for them and my Kindergarten student.
Charlene B on Aug 29, 2022
It's hands on and doubles as additional handwriting practice.
Letoya M on Jun 7, 2022
I am using Level F with my older children, and they love it, so I bought Level A for my kindergartner to start as soon as she is ready.
Kevin A on May 22, 2022
This is the 5th year we have used this program, I LOVE IT!!!!! My kid is a phenomenal speller and I attribute much of it to this program!!
Ashlie C on Aug 4, 2021
had great success with my older kids using this program. now onto kindergarten all over again!!
Chris D on Jul 13, 2021
Used this with my other children and loved it
Sherri M on May 1, 2021
This was a recommendation from my sister who has been homeschooling for 5 years. i also liked the set up of the lessons and workbook. The set looks like a great, easy to use product for both teacher and student. My son is autistic and the simple workbook page set up looks user friendly for him. Thanks!
Elizabeth P on Mar 15, 2021
This is a great gentle intro to spelling that I used with my older kids a couple years ago and have now ordered for my K/1st grade child.
Amy C on Feb 27, 2021
Spelling for 1st Grade
Ummukulthum A on Dec 13, 2020
I am going to start spelling you see with my special needs daughter who is on the spectrum and my neuro typical daughter who is only 4. This program has many excellent reviews and we are really looking forward to buying Spelling You See Level B next year. The multisensory approach with the colored pencils will be an excellent fit for my oldest daughter.
Andrew S on Nov 9, 2020
It had good reviews
Carole M on Oct 16, 2020
trying something new
kimberly l on Aug 19, 2020
I have had several people recommend this product
Kathryn A on Aug 16, 2020
Heard someone from Spelling You See speak at Homeschool convention and it interested me because it teaches the words through repetition and reading
Eva F on Aug 11, 2020
Beginning program for kinder
Kimberly Z on Aug 4, 2020
We chose this to provide handwriting practice and spelling lessons to our 5 year old who isn't quite ready for a more formal phonics instruction and doesn't like handwriting exercises that he doesn't see as having a purpose.
Michele R on Jul 28, 2020
I have used level B with my first grader and loved it and now purchasing level A for my kindergarten twins.
Lindsey A on Jul 26, 2020
Excellent reviews
Matt W on Jul 11, 2020
I spoke to other parents, went to Cathy Duffy Reviews and then after reviewing several options choice this because it was the best fit for the kids and for myself.
Lana W on May 21, 2020
Research
Kristine Y on Apr 23, 2020
I have used Level D & E with my older daughter who use to struggle but is now doing great thanks to Spelling You See! I wanted to start my soon to be Kindergartner on Level A!
User on Mar 15, 2020
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
It's hands on and doubles as additional handwriting practice.
Letoya M on Jun 7, 2022
This is the 5th year we have used this program, I LOVE IT!!!!! My kid is a phenomenal speller and I attribute much of it to this program!!
Ashlie C on Aug 4, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Program!
I have found Spelling You See to be an excellent program for my son. He's at a kindergarten level and we got the Level A set. He already knew his letters and letter sounds and how to write each of them fairly well. This set is perfect for giving short lessons that also help his handwriting skills. After each lesson I also have him make each word he wrote with letter tiles as an extra hands-on activity. He is making great progress by working in small chunks of learning. Very, very pleased and I will get the next level when we finish.
October 16, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Game changer
Game changer! I can’t say enough about Spelling U see. I wish I had found it a long time ago. I’m currently using it with my special needs son.
May 13, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great beginning book..
Although the book isn't a reading book it has helped my daughter in this area. She loves it! I put the timer on for 10 min a day. I love how it also comes with a chart of sounds/letters. I'll point to what line the letter/sound is on which helps her come up with the right one.I wish it focused on a certain sound through the pages which it doesn't do though.
September 27, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
The poster itself is great...love that it shows numbers as well as letters for proper formation, however, it was shipped folded, rather than rolled, so it has many permanent creases. Aesthetically, that is a bummer.
August 20, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago

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