Does anyone know where to get a copy (ebook or real) of Simply Spelling? I have heard that it is very similar to Spelling Wisdom but that it includes some spelling rules... is that correct?
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It is available as an ebook only from shoelace books. http://shoelacebooks.ecrater.com/
I will tell you that I recently abandoned it. My ds (3rd grade) is not ready for dictation, so I didn't require it. He balked at doing the minimal daily work, as well. And I'm not sure he retained a lot of the rules, since I felt they were merely touched upon and not given a lot of emphasis.
Another problem I have with it didn't show up on the sample on the website. There were a few places that had typos or sentences that didn't make sense. The last selection we did, For Want of A Nail, contained the instruction, look at the word "daisy." Well, if she meant in the selection, she should have said "nail."
Just my .02. Hope it helps,
Hmmmm.... that doesn't sound so great. I haven't seen a sample of it at all, as it isn't on the shoelace site anymore. (That is the only place I have found that was supposed to have it.)
Maybe I will just try Spelling Wisdom... I just hate to spend the money on it if it doesn't work out. We are on a very limited budget around here. LOL
Thanks for the heads up about the SS.
The only other dictation type program I know of is Delightful Dictation with Spelling, but I don't know anything about it.
I used Delightful Dictation with my ds10 who was a very reluctant speller/writer. I had tried Spelling Wisdom but it was too much for him at the time. Delightful Dictation eased him into the dictation process with shorter sentences and simpler words. I liked that it has spelling practice included. Using the book "ABCs and All their Tricks" along side Delightful Dictation made a big difference for us to reinforce spelling rules and provide a lot of choice of extra spelling words if needed.
I had a season of doubt and strayed from the CM philosophy of using studied dictation to improve spelling. I purchased workbooks thinking my ds had not learned much from Delightful Dictation. In hindsight, I can see the gentle approach was actually very beneficial for him and I am planning to ditch the workbooks and go back to what works best :)
All the best with your decision making :)
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