As each grade level was completed, I gave her a review test either written or oral on that grade.
By the end of the school year, she had mastered all of the word lists in the program and learned the basic spelling rules as well. From that point on, She kept her own notebook of misspelled words from compositions and reports she had written. No busywork!
I highly recommend Natural Speller by Kathryn Stout of
Design-a-Study, not only for remedial spelling help but also to teach spelling from first grade onward. You can learn more about it and see Kathryn's other study programs by Visiting Design-A-Study
But you don't have to take my word for it. Here is what Christian Book Distributors has to say:
Instead of trying to memorize words letter by letter, your children can become "natural" spellers by learning to recognize sight and sound patterns in vocabulary. This program allows you to customize a curriculum for grades 1 to 8 that teaches commonly misspelled words, Latin and Greek word parts, abbreviations, contractions, homophones, numbers, and more at a pace that's suited to your students.
And here are some reviews from other homeschool moms
Reviewed by Melissa Brillhart (Hanover, PA), September 17, 2007
I just starting using this spelling book with my 1st, 3rd and 6th grader. It allows me to work with them at their level without having to purchase 3 different books! We are really liking it!
Reviewed by Ellen (Murfreesboro, TN), February 15, 2001
This flexible program delivers what it promises. The word lists and objectives are well done. Now we don't waste time on words the children already know, and we can focus on the words that are troublesome along with their "cousins".
Reviewed by Cindy (Greensboro, NC), January 15, 2001
This book is WONDERFUL! I have been using it with my 3rd and 5th grade children and we love it.
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