Topic | Spelling Wisdom placement

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  • Nina

    Do you always need to begin with book one? My son is 14.5 yo but is a poor speller 🙁 I looked at some samples in later books and they seem pretty hard and long. Which leads me to another question. In the later books does the student write the whole passage? Some of them were more than a page. Just curious 🙂 I haven’t done a lot of research on dictation.


    You wouldn’t necessarily have to start in book 1 – you can look at the samples to find an appropriate level.  (That said, if he is a poor speller, he might fit in book 1….)

    In later books, the student would study the whole passage, but you might only dictate a portion of it.


    I’m thinking of placing my 13 y.o. poor speller in book 2. The passages get pretty long and harder as you go through it.


    Here is how I decided on placement for my 6th grader:

    Pull up the sample on the computer screen. Go to the first one. Have your child tell you how many words they don’t know how to spell on their own. Repeat with the other samples until you come to one that has more than 3 words they can’t spell. That’s the book you should use. You don’t want to overwhelm them with difficulty, so each lesson should hopefully have no more than 3 words they need to learn. It may mean you decide to use book 2 and start partway through, or maybe book 1. Remember, any progress is better than none, so don’t feel that have to finish the series before graduation if you’re starting later. We decided to go with book 1 and start at the very beginning and honestly it was a great idea. Gave her confidence that she could do this, didn’t overwhelm, and yet even from the beginning there has been at least one word in each lesson she didn’t know how to spell.


    Thx for your help 🙂

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