If you go with Spelling Power, read the "quick start" intro and a few months into it, read the rest of the instructions. The MFW manuals give some suggestions on adding more review and using Spelling Power.Donna T. wrote:So, if following MFW, would we start Spelling Power at the beginning of the book in third grade? I've only seen it a couple of times and it did look so huge... I sort of avoided it! Now I wish I had taken a closer look. Lucy wrote that they write down and memorize the rules. That's what I'm looking for. So, we would just begin this (memorizing the rules) in third grade rather than in second?
Spelling Power is cost effective. We've got four kids, and if they use it four about (my guess) seven years from 3rd to 9th grades, then it's about $2 a year per kid. Not bad. Spelling Power is also time effective in that it takes about 5 mins. of mom's time and about 15 mins (sometimes less) of the student's time.
Yes, there are rules that the kids learn after hearing them several times. So, you'd start learning these rules in 3rd grade when you start Spelling Power, but there's no reason you couldn't start in on rules before then. Maybe get a poster board and tack it up. Each time you and dc "discover" a new spelling rule, write it on the poster with some examples. You'll have quite a few before third grade comes.
With traditional spelling programs, the student starts learning a new list of words on MOnday and tests on them on Friday. If your child is great at spelling and knows the words on the list, it's a waste of time since they aren't "new" words. If your child is a poor speller, then the list could be overwhelming.
With Spelling Power, your child never has to study a word he already knows well and he studies words that he doesn't know until he knows the words (whether that takes a day or a month on the same word). Some days, my dd gets all the words I read to her (we stop after 25 words total) and she doesn't have to study any. Other days, she misses five words (our agreed-upon maximum missed words for a day) after I've read only seven or eight words (last week, she had a list with pseudonym, and some other tough words).
It's also quite easy to add curriculum-related words (rain forest, Europe, Brazil, etc.) to Spelling Power.