Spelling You See Level D: Americana Universal Set

Spelling You See Level D: Americana Universal Set

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Item #: 071192
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Product Description:

Includes 2 Student workbooks (Part 1 and Part 2), colored pencils, and the Instructor book.

Publisher Description:

The Americana Universal Set includes everything you need for vocabulary development in the skill development stage of spelling, with 36 weekly lessons (divided into five daily parts): the Instructor's Handbook with introduction to the philosophy of Spelling You See and a Getting Started guide, as well as the Student Pack with includes two student workbooks and a pack of erasable colored pencils. In Americana, students will read nonfiction stories about American history and culture while learning to spell new words in an interesting context. Americana utilizes the core activities of Spelling You See: chunking, providing hands-on experience with English's many irregular letter patterns; copywork, requiring the brain to pay attention to details in print; and dictation, giving an opportunity for student to demonstrate decoding and encoding in a meaningful context.

Category Description for Spelling You See Level D:

For the proficient reader with gradually improving spelling skills. This level features nonfiction stories about American history and culture. Just like the student's ability, the reading level gradually increases. Resources include the Passages, an Answer Key, a Glossary, a Bibliography, and an Index of Topics.

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

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We have been using Spelling You See for a while and it has worked well for us.
Annie K on Jun 17, 2020
Excited to try something new this year. I picked this curriculum bc it includes handwriting, dictation, history, and copy work. I need a book in my student's desk, or its not going to get done.
Cornelia C on Jun 4, 2020
We have been using Spelling You See for a while and it has worked well for us.
Annie K on Jun 17, 2020
I have used All About Spelling with two of my three kids. I started my third on Spelling You See. I do like the dictation pieces for kids that learn by sight and repetition over All About Spelling.
Michelle C on Jun 8, 2020
Excited to try something new this year. I picked this curriculum bc it includes handwriting, dictation, history, and copy work. I need a book in my student's desk, or its not going to get done.
Cornelia C on Jun 4, 2020
Recommended by friends and Cathy Duffy
Sarah K on Jun 1, 2020
My daughter has dyslexia and learning disabilities. This curriculum comes highly recommended!
User on May 26, 2020
This spelling program is very helpful. Purchasing the next level to keep the learning going through the summer.
Carmen R on May 12, 2020
This is a very dyslexic friendly product.
Amanda S on Apr 7, 2020
A friend has seen great results and recommended it to me!
Martha W on Jan 13, 2020
Charlotte Mason style spelling with dictation and copywork
Belinda G on Jan 3, 2020
Excellent spelling program!
Monica D on Oct 14, 2019
A friend recommended it.
Courtney B on Jul 23, 2019
It's improved my son's spelling a great deal.
Lisa C on Jul 7, 2019
good reviews
rebecca h on Jun 14, 2019
My daughter LOVES this spelling curriculum and it really works. With rote memorization of spelling words, she would only remember how to spell the words for a short time but with this curriculum, spelling just happens. And it’s not just spelling that’s learned. There’s vocabulary, sentence structure, phonics, trivia etc. This curriculum is unconventional and works so well. And she enjoys doing it which is a huge plus right😊
Peleaulani on May 31, 2019
My son has a form of dyslexia and I've tried everything but this. I hope this will help him!
Rosemarie C on May 14, 2019
Seeing great growth with this program for both of my girls -- purchasing this to be ready for next year
Alexa M on Apr 24, 2019
My son loves this series.
Nicole C on Apr 15, 2019
Heard good things and not having much luck with other programs
Stephanie P on Apr 15, 2019
This spelling coincides with Sonlight Core D which we will be using this year
Laura R on Apr 5, 2019
My son has become an excellent speller and I believe it is a result of the ‘spelling you see’ series. I wish I had used it for my older kids who both struggled with spelling. The repetition reading and writing and use of phonics helps ‘record’ words in my son’s recall. I have spent a lot of money on different spelling programs and ‘spelling you see’ is the very best in my opinion.
jennifer r on Apr 4, 2019
I have a struggling learner. This seems like a good hands-on curriculum. It has been recommended to me by other home schooling parents.
Michelle S on Apr 2, 2019
We tried a set and really liked it! It's not a boring spelling list. It's interactive and trains the child spell well and also teaches about linguistics and grammar.
Kim M on Mar 27, 2019
The format really seems like it will be the best way to teach and learn spelling.
Jennifer G on Mar 16, 2019
Cathy Duffy recommended
Tonia M on Mar 15, 2019
Just completed Wild Tales and it is working! My daughter who has struggled with every other program out there is learning to spell.
Indira T on Feb 11, 2019
We love it.
Pamela M on Feb 1, 2019
We already completed C.
Gina M on Jan 22, 2019
We are using All About Spelling, and wanted to have a supplement to reinforce and practice her spelling. I love that it incorporates copywork, which I also wanted to do.
User on Jan 16, 2019
I liked the previous levels, and it is Charlotte Mason/Classical Friendly
Mary K on Jan 9, 2019
My children both struggle with spelling and I need an alternative to tradtional spelling, so I am going to try Spell U See.
Wendy J on Oct 28, 2018
Home Schooling Parents Spoke about it.
Diane C on Oct 3, 2018
I love that she gets to practice spelling and handwriting at the same time. It is also helping her with note taking. I love that she can do one page a day so that its not too much work. I will say that I looked over a friends curriculum before buying.
Adria W on Sep 12, 2018
This is the first program I've used where I can clearly see progression from my children
Allison H on Sep 5, 2018
I like that its hands on with writing.
Brigette F on Sep 4, 2018
I wanted a program that had spelling in context and not just a list of words. My daughter loves workbooks and this program looked like fun to her. I watched a you tube review of the program and they stated that their children's test scores rose with this program.
Joanne C on Sep 1, 2018
My son enjoys the lessons from this program and I like that it takes no longer than 10-15 min. per day
Kimberly W on Jul 16, 2018
I like the approach they take with spelling - no stress
Patricia K on Jul 7, 2018
My daughter greatly struggles with spelling. We are switching to spelling you see because after watching reviews she was most interested in this. I do think this is better than list memorization. I also think the chunks will help her remember how to spell words.
Kristin C on Jun 3, 2018
Its part of Sonlight 3rd grade curriculum but it was so much cheaper at Rainbow Resources
Hanna H on Apr 23, 2018
Spelling along with handwriting have been the two elements of our homeschool we have failed to strengthen. As we are going back to Sonlight for our high school and middle school adventure with our last two, this program will pair well and will no longer give us an excuse to overlook the spelling.
Kindra B on Mar 21, 2018
We needed a new spelling system because they one we've been using isn't working with kid2. When I searched for a way of spelling hat would fit kid2's needs, this one seems to fit the bill.
Corey S on Feb 1, 2018
After reviewing the sample lesson I liked the format
Michelle E on Jan 12, 2018
I have used All About Spelling with two of my three kids. I started my third on Spelling You See. I do like the dictation pieces for kids that learn by sight and repetition over All About Spelling.
Michelle C on Jun 8, 2020
Recommended by friends and Cathy Duffy
Sarah K on Jun 1, 2020
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We love Spelling You See!
We love this Spelling curriculum! It’s repettve but that’s what makes it great. My daughter struggles with reading and this has helped increase her reading level. It has spelling, reading, copywork and dictation for writing, plus a sniping of history!
May 30, 2019
1 year ago
Mom and Kiddo are Happy
My kiddo is a visual learner so we've struggled with another spelling curriculum before switching to this one. I was a little concerned how the dictation days would go... but I'm pleasantly surprised with how well he's doing. The reality is, by the time we get to the dictation days, he's memorized the passage (as have his brothers from hearing it read the 3 days prior).
October 29, 2018
1 year ago
Copywork and dictation based spelling
This program is basically traditional copywork and dictation, with some vowel and consonant chunking thrown in to help with spelling skills. This is not said as a negative; this program will probably work well for most learners who have solid reading skills and the writing stamina to complete the sections. I bought level D for my 3rd grader, and he's able to finish the copywork and dictation with plenty of time to spare, so we seem to be on target. We're about to start early modern/American history soon, so the passages are good preparation for that as well. No complaints so far. Limiting the copywork/dictation to 10-minute periods seems to keeps it from becoming a draggy chore or causing annoying hand fatigue.
October 8, 2018
1 year ago
This book makes learning easy for my student who easily feels overwhelmed.
September 8, 2018
over 2 years ago
We just started the SUS program and I can already see that my daughter is enjoying it! I’m excited to see how much she learns with her spelling as well as the information she learns about Americana.
August 12, 2018
1 year ago
Spelling you see
I got this for my 13 year old after she was diagnosed with dyslexia. After 3 lessons, we see an improvement in her spelling! She even asked to continue working on it through the summer! Highly recommend this series.
June 19, 2018
over 2 years ago

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