With Modern Milestones, there is a short instructor's handbook that includes each lesson's passages and an answer key. This level also includes a pronunciation key for the names. Big help! The student pages are divided into 2 workbooks. The student pack also includes a package of erasable coloring pencils (the thing Apple was most excited to receive). This level contains 36 passages. Each passage has 5 activities to go along with it. The "A" page introduces the passage and has the student read it aloud. Then, they write the passage on an included page. "B" is a repeat of "A". "C" gives them the chance to read the passage aloud and fill in some blanks working with changing suffixes and prefixes. "D" and "E" are an opportunity to read the passage and then write it by dictation. Every day the student uses the colored pencils to mark specific base words,suffixes, and prefixes in the passage.
1. It isn't a rote spelling curriculum. My kids were both so over the spelling curriculums with a list and a few activities and then a quiz. One is so far ahead on reading level that any words we tried were too easy. The other one was just learning the words for the quiz but wasn't memorizing them to use in regular writing correctly. With Spelling You See, they are reading the words daily, speaking the words daily, and writing them daily in context so they really seem to be committing the words to memory. Plus, it is a whole passage and not a list of words so they don't seem to stress over it as much.
2. It is a whole passage that they write all week. My kids need lots of help with their handwriting. I've stressed handwriting and tried many different methods to get them to improve their printing to no avail. I've tried so many different kinds of copywork, but they buck at the idea of copywork. Writing these passages daily really is copywork, but they don't see it that way. The passages are interesting and the book says "spelling" so they don't even associate it as handwriting practice. Score!
If you've noticed I said "kids", I was immediately so impressed with the method of Spelling You See that I ordered a level for Speedy. My plan was to use it for him in the fall, but he was so excited to get his own that we started it early! He has struggled with spelling in his writing, so I can't wait to see the results! I'm happy we have been able to get a jumpstart on this spelling curriculum that we will use in the fall for both kids. Spelling You See is very affordable for a full year's curriculum. The Instructor's Handbook also came with a code for additional online resources for the teacher like helpful videos so make sure to look for that code on the wrapper if you order a set!
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