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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.