Spelling You See Review and Giveaway

I’ve been using Spelling You See for several months now.  My kids are enjoying it and I love that they can do so much of the program independently.  Spelling You See is a simple straightforward program.  There is no prep work and the lessons are pretty painless for my sons and me.  I’ll be telling you about our experience with Jack and Jill and Wild Tales.  My 7 year old is working in Wild Tales, my 5 1/2 year old in Jack and Jill.

Spelling You See Giveaway

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Spelling You See teaches spelling in sequence of how children learn to spell through stages.  Each book they offer focuses on a stage that builds upon the next.

Stage 1:  Preliterate

Stage 2:  Phonetic

Stage 3:  Skill Development

Stage 4:  Word Extension

Stage 5:  Derivational Constancy

Here’s a quick video explaining these stages and how they build upon each other.

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In the levels we are using, each week begins with a new classic nursery rhyme.  As Wild Tales progresses, the nursery rhymes turn into passages about a certain subject, for example, camels.

In Jack and Jill:

Each day my son copies a sentence or two (it’s laid out for you in the workbook, no guessing!) from the new rhyme.  My son loves riddles and songs so this is right up his alley.  Each day of the week is a quick lesson that we did together covering a phonetic or punctuation lesson.  Monday we might circle all the capital letters in the passage.  Tuesday, we’d find a certain letter.  Etc.  The second part of each lesson in Jack and Jill is a listen and write portion that covers basic vowel patterns and sounds.  I love how there are boxes for each letter to be put in for very young children like my son.  There was no confusion, it helped with handwriting, and to distinguish the sounds as he broke apart the word I gave him to spell.

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After a 5 day lesson, Monday starts a new rhyme or poem.  Skills are spiraled continually and consistently become more difficult.  We spend about 10-15 minutes a day on Spelling You See for my 5 year old.  He is able to complete the copy work and listen and write portion of the lesson with no complaining.  This is a HUGE deal.

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You can download a sample lesson of Jack and Jill here.  Not sure what level your child needs?  Check this page out for placement guides.

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In Wild Tales:

Similarly to Jack and Jill, my 7 year old starts a new rhyme or passage each Monday.  The lesson is 5 days long.  However, in Wild Tales, each week focuses on a group of consonant or vowel chunks.  The child must identify the chunks or rules in the passage before they work on a portion of copy work each day.  Each level comes with a set of Crayola colored pencils to complete this portion of the lesson.

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On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we identify the phonetic lesson and I help my son go through the passage to find the ‘rule’.  Then, he copies part of the passage.

Thursday is ‘No Rule Day’.  There is a blank page and lines for creative writing and picture drawing.

On Friday, the assignment is to copy the rhyme or poem from dictation.  I go over the week’s rhyme or passage with my son to see how many words he spells incorrectly.  I always remind him of the vowel or consonant chunks before he starts writing in order to get him thinking in terms of spelling and not just phonetics.

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My son has a hard time with ‘No Rule Day’.  We often skip it.  He doesn’t enjoy writing or drawing for fun quite yet.  I didn’t want a battle so we’d just skip that part.

I think Spelling You See is great for kids that enjoy short lessons and being independent.  It’s a great program for mothers who understand spelling is a process and it will not be perfect the first time.  Rarely did my sons copy the passage perfectly the first or second attempt.  Many times there are mistakes.  I do not make them correct every single mistake.  It would be tedious and exhausting.  That’s how we’ve used this program and I can see that my sons are making spelling connections outside these workbooks.  They do not dread spelling.  Another perk is that my 18 month old and 3.5 year old LOVE to read over the nursery rhymes with the big boys.  Since teaching lots of kids at the same time is exhausting, this is a great bonus for our homeschool.

Spelling You See (Creator’s of Math U See, also my FAVE) is offering a giveaway for Watch Me Homeschool readers!  Wahoo!  Enter below to win a (1) level of your choice.  What levels are available?  Check them out here.

Spelling You See Giveaway

A winner will be chosen and announced June 29th.  Spelling You See will ship the products to the winner after the winner has verified their address.

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Comments

  1. Joey Lopez says:

    My spelling lessons have been all over the map. Would love to try Spelling you See!

  2. I like how this takes the skill of spelling slowly and lets the child work at his own pace unlike in school where they have to learn it all by the end of the week for the test. Once the test is over, how much do they remember?

  3. I’ve been using Grade Speller online and the Spell Board on the iPad. Definitely looking for something new!

  4. Currently, we use a curriculum for Spelling . It is Accelerated Christian Education. 🙂

  5. I haven’t used spelling yet in homeschool…this would be great for my 6 year old

  6. ginahilton says:

    I don’t currently teach spelling, but I am very interested in the Spelling You See program and how it works. My son is dyslexic so we have not attempted spelling yet. We are focused on reading as of now. Looking for something for future use though. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Julie call says:

    I am really looking forward to Jack and Jill in the fall

  8. We are using All About Spelling, but recently tried out the first level of Spelling You See also. I’d love to try the next level too.

  9. I recently purchased this and need to sit down and read through the lessons, thanks for sharing.

  10. Samantha says:

    We currently use Christian Liberty Press, but love this concept for my younger ones.

  11. We’re currently using Spelling You See! It would be a huge blessing for us to get the next level. 🙂

  12. We haven’t started spelling yet, but I’m trying to decide between two programs so I’d live to try this one out to see if it fits as well as I think it would!

  13. Right now we use All About Spelling, but I really would like to try spelling you see. I have a friend who has combined both spelling programs with great success and I’d like to try doing the same and see how my kids do with it.

  14. Jenni N says:

    I don’t teach spelling so to speak, but talk about it and use it in copy work currently. I would LOVE to add this for our son starting 1st grade! Thanks!!

  15. Several people have recommended this curriculum. I am anxious to see what it’s all about with my son for first grade. Our kindergarten curriculum lacked any spelling lessons so we supplemented. Wish I had known about this one last year.

  16. Regina Poole says:

    We started out with a spelling workbook purchased from a local store but then we gradually stopped doing it. So this would be a great addition to our classroom.

  17. Lindsay says:

    We just use spelling lists…BORING

  18. Juli Vrotney says:

    I have the kids write out words and sound them out. Also started all about spelling.. The first level. They already know how to spell those words… Just not the rules of spelling.

  19. I have been using All About Spelling. This looks really great. I have never heard of it. Thanks!

  20. Christine says:

    We have begun A Reason for Spelling but my son dislikes the list of words each week. We will see how it goes as we progress but I would love to try this to see if it is a better fit.

  21. I’m hoping to try this out!

  22. We are using level D and loving it!

  23. We have not yet found a spelling curriculum we like. I would love to give these lessons a try.

  24. Currently we are just doing the spelling words that are in our Sonlight curriculum for my 1st grader. But this looks like something I need to get for my preKer. So easy and my kids love workbooks vs individual papers!

  25. I’ve been using SYS with my younger children. Would love to use an older level with my older girl. I have 6 children (5 old enough for “schoolwork”) and love how short and easy the lessons are! We’ve used AAS. While we like it, it just was getting to be too much with so many children at so many different levels. SYS is much more doable for this mama of many. 🙂

  26. Mary Happymommy says:

    We use Flash Kids Spelling right now.

  27. Looking forward to see these materials.

  28. kelly m says:

    New to homeschooling and would to win this to help get us started!

  29. I have tried Spelling Power and another spelling program, but my son still has trouble spelling. I would love to try this program before he gets much older.

  30. Amanda Beachum says:

    We use a variety of different materials…Harcourt Workbooks, Spectrum workbooks, resources from TeachersPayTeachers….but we are looking for a program.

  31. Melissa says:

    Haven’t used a spelling curriculum yet but would love to try Spelling You See!

  32. I think my oldest would really benefit from Spelling You See.

  33. We’ve just started, so, we use banagrams and magnetic letters on the fridge! So glad to see you back Liz! Hope you are feeling well 🙂

  34. Jennifer B says:

    I plan to start homeschooling my almost 6 yr old in the fall and would love to start on the right foot with such a good looking curriculum.

  35. This will be our first year homeschooling and I’m still looking for a curriculum for phonics/spelling. 🙂

  36. Angie Lincoln says:

    This sounds like an amazing program. I would love to give it a try with my kids.

  37. Joanna Glaze says:

    Currently we are using All About Spelling. Although I think it is a great program, I think having the extra practice in a different style might help spelling “stick”.

  38. Melissa says:

    I used bob jones

  39. Christine W says:

    I’ve been searching for a spelling curriculum that would work better for my daughter. I know we love MUS, so I’m hoping the spelling program will be just as good!

  40. Stephanie says:

    We just started SYS, so far so good. Really love that lessons are short and sweet. DS does not dread spelling anymore, and I can see him starting to apply it outside of the lessons.

  41. My son’s spelling is atrocious and he hates spelling lists.

  42. Currently using a mix of studied dictation and sequential spelling but I’ve been eyeing Spelling You See for my first grader and third grader.

  43. Courtney Garland says:

    We currently use reading street spelling and are ready for something else. Spelling u see looks amazing so we’d love to try it!!!

  44. I really don’t teach spelling as a separate subject right now. I have two daughters: one is a natural speller and the other is not. We need to use some kind of curriculum this year for my second daughter!

  45. Can’t wait to learn more about this! Hope I win!

  46. Shasta Phillips says:

    Would love to win!

  47. Heather Camelio says:

    How do I currently teach spelling in my homeschool??? That is actually a question I often ponder. I was thinking about trying Spelling Power next year, but I am definitely open to suggestions. I would love to try Spelling You See!

  48. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Love following your blog.

  49. Stephanie says:

    Would love to win! I am hoping to use this program when we start back in August.

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