Carrie wrote:I'll also chime in to say that this was a very hard area for me to let go of with my kiddos too. So, I can empathize!
I did a formal spelling program with my oldest son through the middle of grade 3. Then, we went to strictly dictation. To make sure my son was progressing, I tested him in Spelling Power at the beginning and end of the year to see how much his spelling level had grown throughout the year. He grew 3 levels spelling-wise during that year, doing only dictation.
With our second son, we have done purely copywork and dictation. He also spells very well.
One noticeable change after starting dictation, was my son's improvement in spelling within his daily written work. Dictation does a great job of training children to spell words correctly within the context of writing. I'd encourage you to consider using dictation for spelling for a year and see how it works for you.
water2wine wrote:I have to say that we have been lead in this direction too and it was hard for me to let go. But in total desperation with my daughter with cerebral palsy who is reading delayed by several years, I gave this a try. I mimicked what Carrie does with the areas that she is having problems. It has hands down been the best thing ever for her. Her reading improved using the Emerging Readers program and actually going back some with The Reading Lesson that writing became the next focus. Literally she could not write a simple sentence and now I am amazed at what she can write and spell accurately. It has been such a dramatic improvement that we are continuing and starting next year with my other kids. This falls under the category of stuff I never would have believed looking at would work but does better than anything else I have tried.
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