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  • Becky
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    My daughter has been doing dictation all her school years except for a brief time of use the ACE Word building.  She has been asking for a spelling curriculum since the beginning of last school year.  I just kept doing Dictation all last year, mainly because I didn’t know what curriculum to use & I didn’t feel like doing the research.  She scored above average in Spelling on her last Achievement test. Now, here she is again asking once more for a spelling curriculum. She is in 6th grade. I do not know how to place her or what curriculum to use.  I’ve noticed that a lot of spelling curricula stop at grade 6 but there are a few that don’t.  She does not want Spelling You See.  I am not necessarily looking for one that is CM friendly.  I’m not even sure if a spelling curriculum is the thing to do.  But, she is asking, so I’m looking for  some recommendations,

    Thanks!

    ErinD
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    Maybe look at Rod & Staff. At the 6th grade level, it’s actually half spelling, half word study, but the word lists are a bit challenging (in my opinion) and it would be inexpensive. It goes through 8th grade, but after 6th it focuses more on word roots.

    Becky
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    Yes, that was kicking around in the back of my brain & I was trying to ignore it lol!   I don’t really know why….. except maybe because my boys had used some of it & I didn’t think it did much for their spelling & also it was a textbook.    I may even have the 6th grade book.   I’ll go dig it out & see what happens! 🙂

    Mom2Millie
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    Do take a peek at Sequential Spelling.

    HollyS
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    Spelling Workout?  This is what we are using and it goes through 8th, I think.  I just skimmed through the lists (Christian Books usually has good sample pages on their website) until I found where I thought they’d fit best.

    I’m not a big believer in spelling lessons either, but it’s scheduled in Memoria Press, which they are using.  I usually give them a little spelling bee instead of a written test.  Some weeks we don’t even get to that.

    Becky
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    Oh, yes, Sequential Spelling.  I forgot we’d tried that a few years ago!  I don’t remember how far we got, but she was getting quite discouraged because she was getting so many wrong. I’m a bit puzzled that they don’t get to see beforehand the words they will be spelling that day.  I have been looking at it again though.

     

    Mom2Millie
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    I have one natural speller and one struggling speller and SS worked well for both of them or at least better than the traditional public school spelling lists did for me. (Though my kids only briefly used the program, it was unnecessary for my strong reader and took too much time away from the whole language approach for my more reluctant reader.) For the ease of use and affordability it’s great- but I think in a small way (as far as a spelling list can be) it is a bit Charlotte Masony in that you’re not learning a bunch of rules that may confuse you later or studying lists of words. The emphasis is on using what you already know about our written language and visualizing what the word should look like (so much so that you correct it right then and there, or in our case before they even finish the word).

    I personally struggled with spelling even though I was an avid reader growing up. It wasn’t until I began to write in public forums (like this one) fifteen years ago that my spelling improved. It was the instant feedback of programs like grammarly and not wanting to embarrass myself that did the trick for me. I’m hoping correcting my daughter’s grammar and spelling  as she writes letters to friends in family will work the same way as grammarly did for me.

    She’s already a better speller than I was at her age and finds endless amusement reading my old book reports and poking fun at me.   All of that to say, if you can’t find a program, maybe your daughter would be satisfied making her own weekly lists of words to learn using any words she misspelled or wanted to use but couldn’t spell in her written narrations, letters to friends etc that week.

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