Sequential Spelling Level 1 Revised Set

Sequential Spelling Level 1 Revised Set


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Item #: SS1REV
Grades: 1-3

This well-organized program that teaches spelling by word families has a very satisfying appeal. Imagine lists of words that are organized by word families but that go well beyond a simple vowel family (i.e. c-at; b-at; etc.) right from the start. Although the first day's word list includes only four words - in, pin, sin, spin; by the third day, the "in" list has expanded to pinned, skins, twins (and other "in" words) and started on the "e" (i.e. b-e; sh-e) family and even includes a crossover word (begin). By building from the easier words of a family to important power words, the program builds self-confidence. Traditional spelling programs introduce words "vocabularily" - in other words, when the child is likely to encounter the word in reading, or based on a chosen theme. As a result, word sequences are odd and incomplete. In Sequential Spelling (Revised), the phonics necessary for decoding is being presented through the back door, so to speak.

Every learning channel is employed with this program. Here's the process: a word is given verbally and used in a sentence (audio); the student attempts to spell the word (kinesthetic); the correct spelling is given using colored markers on a white board to differentiate between family and other letters (oral interaction & visual); students correct their own spelling (kinesthetic). Eager learners and definitive results are produced by utilizing the simple educational techniques of having students correct their own mistakes when they make them - not hours, days, or even weeks later - and creating a positive learning environment by maintaining that mistakes are opportunities to learn. Tests are used as learning devices, not as a method of evaluation. If you feel compelled to give grades, written tests (reproducible) are available after the 40th, 80th, 120th, 160th, and 180th days.

The Teacher Books (Revised) for each Level hold introductory teaching information, and an overview of the approach. Next follows the 180 word lists which include sentences for the homophones (same pronunciation, different spelling; i.e. bare and bear) and heteronyms (same spelling, different word and different pronunciation; i.e. bow your head, bow and arrow). The first several days of lessons are laid out in detail - completely scripted. In addition to the teaching process, a positive can-do attitude is modeled in these lessons. After the eighth day, the process is continued as established. In the lists, common words appear in bold typing. Homophones , heteronyms , and words that do not follow the normal pattern (like "gyp") are all marked. Review and repetition is built in as you progress through the days (lists). Reproducible test forms are provided along with an answer key. The teacher book includes answers to the tests and student activities in levels 1-4, and only the test answers in levels 5-7.

Volume Levels are progressive but do not really conform to grade levels. For instance, the ending lessons of Level 1 include words like breathless, hedging, horrifying, and basically which would never be seen in a first or second-grade spelling book. Because they are introduced as parts of word families, they become doable for the early grades. This also means that an older child starting at Level 1 doesn't feel like he's way behind. (By the way, the parent is given complete freedom to drop some words from the lists if they feel it will be preferable for their child.) So, the bottom line is that you can start any grade level child at Level 1 and proceed through the books in order. It is recommended that children are reading at a second-grade level before beginning Level 1, so children in first grade may or may not be ready to begin, depending on their reading skill. Older children may or may not need to start with Level 1 so you may want to check out the placement test available on our website.

The Student Workbooks (Revised) hold pages with blank spaces for each day's spelling lesson and an additional activity on the following page that uses words from the lesson. Activities vary, including using words from the lesson in a sentence, unscrambling words, filling in blanks, writing the definition of words the student is not familiar with, and listing words that contain a particular word family (like 'ake'). Student Workbooks are available for Levels 1-5.

The Student Response Book provides the writing space for the daily word lists and can be used with any level of the program although the Student Activity Books at the early levels provide more review and repetition. To look at these books, you would scratch your head. The column for the 1st day words is in the middle of page 3 (with the 61st day on the left and the 121st day on the right). We don't see the 2nd day column until page 5. This peculiar arrangement is designed to prevent the child from copying words and/or word family parts from one day to the next, a tendency which gets in the way of truly learning the pattern. Once you figure out the system, it makes perfect sense. Although a student will need one book per level, the response book is not level-specific.

We offer Level Sets that include both Teacher Book and Student Book for each level and also sets which include the Teacher Book and the Student Response Book.

This is a well-organized program that offers a multi-sensory approach making it perfect for many students. ~ Janice

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Struggling older speller
James P on May 14, 2022
Watched videos on this curriculum. Seems very well thought out.
Tara B on Aug 26, 2021
Struggling older speller
James P on May 14, 2022
Recommended for a dyslexic
User on Mar 28, 2022
Watched videos on this curriculum. Seems very well thought out.
Tara B on Aug 26, 2021
We love MCT but need some spelling help. I've heard good things about this series so we are giving it a go.
Jaclyn C on Aug 2, 2021
For a great reader who is a poor speller (age 10).
Rachel J on Jun 29, 2021
WE used sequential spelling with an older child, so I'm familiar with it. I need something straightforward & not full of busywork. This is a great, affordable, no fuss substitute to the popular AAS.
Heather C on May 18, 2021
I'm looking forward to using this curriculum to help my struggling speller learn without going back to "baby words".
Danita T on Jan 30, 2021
Kid struggling with spelling. hopefully this helps
Liz M on Dec 9, 2020
logical learner
Kristy A on Sep 1, 2020
student with dyslexia
Tara T on Aug 25, 2020
Needed for class.
Riannon M on Jul 31, 2020
We were doing All About Spelling but I read that this program does a pattern based approached and I think that'll work better for my child.
Pauline N on Jun 25, 2020
Bought this material to help a dyslexic learner...
Dawn H on Jun 20, 2020
I liked the preview I was able to download and use from Rainbow Resource. I used it for 2 days and then decided to use it. <br />I also downloaded a preview of another brand and was able to quickly decide against it. <br />Rainbow Resource is also better priced than other places I looked at buying this.
Halee B on Apr 30, 2020
Giving something else a try.
Rose S on Feb 21, 2020
Tisa Y on Jul 24, 2019
This was recommended to me by a friend.
Erin on Jul 21, 2019
My daughter (age 10 1/2) has trouble with spelling. When we home schooled in 3rd grade we used Spelling Power which worked ok, but not great, for her. Last year she was back in public school for 4th grade. They did basically no formal spelling work and is not definitely behind in spelling for her age. I'm hoping to use this for a bit over what's left of the summer and then continue in small chunks during the (already very busy) school year.
User on Jul 18, 2019
To help my daughters improve their spelling
Wendy G on Jun 25, 2019
dyslexic student
Martha P on Jun 24, 2019
I used Sequential Spelling with my older two children with great success and am looking forward to using it again with my younger two.
Roshelle S. on May 22, 2019
I wanted a different approach to spelling without having to memorize all the rules.
Kirsten C on Apr 23, 2019
Recommended by our homeschool teacher to work on spelling over summer because it has a different approach.
Morgan L on Apr 22, 2019
New spelling curriculum that was recommended to us
Kelli M on Apr 3, 2019
Recommended by several families. Trying to find a spelling program that works for my kids.
Laura C on Apr 3, 2019
This spelling method makes the most sense and seems the most effective approach. I will integrate it with Latin and Greek root words as well, though that may already be included.
Kristi P on Mar 27, 2019
I chose this because I like the idea of starting with simple words and using them to build larger words. I hope it helps my children to learn to break down words into their parts.
Stephanie B on Jan 17, 2019
friend recommended
Laura C on Oct 3, 2018
Loving the concept for my son, who has struggled with rule-based spelling learning— super hopeful!
michelle h on Sep 27, 2018
I'm new to homeschooling and my daughter, who would be in middle school, needs help with spelling. I appreciate their downloadable assessment quiz, which placed her as needing to begin (not at the very beginning) in Level 1.
Olivia B on Aug 11, 2018
I have been looking for something logical to teach spelling.
Holly G on Aug 5, 2018
It came highly recommended for dyslexic child.
Scott N on Jul 31, 2018
Worked well for my reluctant reader/speller.
Heather C on Jul 22, 2018
I needed a very straightforward program with short daily lesson for a struggling speller.
Melissa F on Jun 30, 2018
It was recommended by a friend and has good reviews.
User on May 29, 2018
We have tried a number of different methods of spelling with my dyslexic son with little success I have read he may have success with this so we are going to give it a try. I like that the method was developed by a dyslexic.
Amanda W on May 26, 2018
My son is dyslexic and All About Spelling was not a good fit.
Nadeen C on May 23, 2018
Homeschooling my dyslexic son
Melanie B on Apr 5, 2018
It was recommended for my struggling student.
Laryn G on Apr 5, 2018
friend recommended
michelle i t on Feb 12, 2018
trying to find lessons to help with a dyslexa student.
Rhonda R on Feb 5, 2018
I haven't used it yet but it came hightly recommended from other homsechooling moms.
Jessica S on Jan 5, 2018
Recommended for Dyslexia student...also had good reviews.
Hilary G on Jan 3, 2018
Per Cathy Mcduffy reviews good for dyslexic children
Nicole P on Dec 5, 2017
This has been highly recommended.
Laura on Oct 18, 2017
read some good reviewsso decided to give it a try
shameema m on Sep 22, 2017
Work great for my Dyslectic learner!
Laura S on Sep 12, 2017
The Sequential Spelling website is not working correctly so, I will be using a hard copy.
Cherie S on Sep 5, 2017
My 3rd grade daughter needs help with her spelling and these books were recommended by a YouTube user so we're going to give it a try!
Kwanielle H on Aug 31, 2017
Was recommended
Heather S on Aug 29, 2017
Recommended for a dyslexic
User on Mar 28, 2022
We love MCT but need some spelling help. I've heard good things about this series so we are giving it a go.
Jaclyn C on Aug 2, 2021
What has changed with the revised edition?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This "revised" edition has actually been around for a number of years. There are no changes between the editions in terms of word lists or general methodology. Changes are mostly cosmetic (i.e. new covers and different typesetting). Also, the Student Workbooks were new with this edition.
Do you need the Student book to use this? I already have the Teacher's text and the student book looks as though it is just for writing the answers.
Becky on Jul 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's not completely necessary. You could use a notebook to accomplish the same thing. However, on the back of each page (where the student writes his spelling words) there is a little activity for extra practice that you'd miss out on. If you're on a budget (aren't we all), you could skip the student workbook. If you think you'd like the extra practice pages and money is no object, I'd go for it.
Is the student book needed? I already have the Teacher's book. The Student's book appears to just be a response book. Is there any instruction in it?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It does not have any instruction in it. The program can be used without the student book; it just depends on what works best for you. Every other page of the student book is just lined and numbered for writing the daily spelling list on. The other side of each page has some sort of student activity using the current list: scrambled words, word searches, sentences to write, listing words created from letters of a larger word, fill in the blank in sentences. For us it was nice to break out the daily routine and do one of the activity pages, but we did not do all of them. Every 40 lessons there is a test page, but again, it can be done without the response book.
how do i know what level to buy?
A shopper on May 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The program says to always start with level 1. I have a dyslexic daughter that I started in level 1 in 7th grade and it has been challenging to her.
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Rated 5 out of 5
I like the simplicity of this curriculum. The method for spelling works well for my child. Would highly recommend to anyone with a struggling speller, no matter what the ago.
November 14, 2022
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Using with older elementary student to help see and practice the spelling words in all forms of them. Great practice building.
Nice to not have drill and move on weekly. The sequential daily building onto the previous days words gives the student ample time to learn the spelling naturally.
October 17, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 3 out of 5
It is okay. Maybe more instructions on how to use the program. I thought this was going to show how to apply the rules of spelling and how to work on building on the foundations of words i.e sounds of letters and blends. For example When to use oo or ou etc
July 13, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I didn't understand how this book was supposed to work, but I read the list of words to my child every day for almost two weeks now and it is helping so much. He tries to spell a word and if he gets it wrong he corrects it. Then we go on to the next word. The daily list has related words so there is a feeling of accomplishment in getting many words correct. The words, or variations of them, are also repeated for multiple days. It is very easy and doesn't take much time. If we get through the first book I would like to get the next one.
July 12, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Straightforward, enjoyable, and effective
Easy, effective, pleasant, and swiftly builds spelling confidence.
We do each lesson on dry erase boards first, THEN copy onto paper.
We will definitely continue with the next levels of SS.
April 23, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome spelling program
We really love this program, especially because it can be used with multiple levels. It is really helping my 2nd grader with her spelling and phonics. You could get by with just the teacher guide and a spiral notebook, but we like the printed workbooks for the homonym practice on the back side of the page. Only improvement I would make is to spiral bind both the student and teacher book.
November 18, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Something is FINALLY working for us!!
My child is a struggling speller. We’ve tried everything. This one looks like it’s sticking though:))
September 24, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is working for us.
March 9, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good word building
This is our first spelling program we’ve ever used and I’m pleased with the results. I like the way the words build off of each other, which is helpful for our son to make sense of the words. I do break the lessons down in shorter increments than how it is written because it seems to be more effective that way for our son; instead of doing 25 words per lesson I break the list down to about 12 words per lesson instead, depending on how the lesson is going for us; less frustration for both parent and child.
February 25, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
spelling without tears
This is the only spelling program we've tried that doesn't bring my dyslexic son to tears. The repetition, patterns, and gentle progression are what he needed to build confidence and skill.
September 30, 2018
over 4 years ago

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