Sequential Spelling

THE CURRICULUM CHOICE:

Most spelling curricula focus on typical age ability and memorizing lists. Though there may be rules presented, these lists never really give a complete understanding of the regular patterns seen in the English language. In contrast, Sequential Spelling begins with the basis of the words, adds consonants to them making word families, then adds prefixes and suffixes. So your child sees right away how to build complex words and can immediately apply them to his writing. If  your child struggles with spelling rules this is one curriculum that can offer a different strategy.

What we really like about this program is that there is no studying required and that lessons can be completed quickly {approx. 20 min}. My youngest child has always disliked the spelling exceptions within the English language. This curriculum took the “hair pulling” out of our day. It’s simple and repetitive approach made sense to my learner, so there was no struggle.  He knew what was expected from the repetitive method which took out the stress of being tested each week.

TEACH BESIDE ME:

​"They do not teach spelling rules in Sequential Spelling. The rules are learned naturally and automatically as they progress through the word lists. However, they do have separate materials to use to teach the rules if you want to. Instead the emphasis of the program is on learning patterns of the English language. They learn root words and words they may not have heard otherwise.Type your paragraph here.


We have had a really good experience with Sequential Spelling. My kids enjoy it and I like the simplicity of it. It is definitely a good one to look into if you are looking for spelling options for your homeschool!"


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CATHY DUFFY:


Sequential Spelling is a uniquely constructed spelling system that was originally created to help dyslexic students and others with learning difficulties. However, the program has also proved useful with other students as well.

The program incorporates four key features that reflect Sequential Spelling's unusual methodology:

- Words are taught in relationship to one another, both horizontally and vertically
- Children can figure out the rules for themselves from their relationships and commonalities, but spelling rules are not taught
- Students begin by "testing" themselves by trying to write words correctly before they study them
- Words for each grade level are selected for common elements rather than grade level appropriateness

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