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Subject: best spelling programs?
Date Posted: 3/21/2008 10:52 PM ET
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I had a book called spelling power and we tried to use it but it just didn't work for us I really wish I still had it simply for the lists of words that could be used with other activities. Does anyone know of another book or program that would have spelling words listed by grade or ability level? After I got rid of the spelling power book we found some great spelling games and the kids want to play the games but we really don't have good spelling word lists to play. I'm also open to suggestions of what works for your kids.

thanks so much


Date Posted: 3/21/2008 11:46 PM ET
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We really like Spelling Power, but before we got our used copy we did a variety of things (sporadically, I admit) for spelling.  I bought You Can Teach Your Child To Spell (or something like that), which has you pull mispelled words from your child's writing and categorize them into a notebook by the spelling rule she missed.  I loved the idea--but I never had time to sit down and add words from her writing to a spelling list. 

You can find some lists to use online.  When my daughter was in first grade (years ago), there was a website we used to print each weekly lesson, complete with activity pages.  I can't find that site anymore, but here are a few sites you can check out to see if they help you.

A couple of other sites you may want to check out:

Good luck!

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 11:49 PM ET
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when i was younger i used to play a game called spellbound. you can change the difficulty level on it. you worked through so many rounds of spelling games, then you got to practice those words in a spelling bee against the computer. it was so much fun i didnt realize i was learning

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 12:13 AM ET
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My oldest has strugged & struggled with spelling. We've tried tons of times and honestly I was going to give up last year. We were just getting going no where.

The last thing we tried has worked!

It is called Sequential Spelling.

The book works with patterned spelling. Kind of like if you can spell cat then you can also spell bat, hat, mat & so on.

At first we followed the book that suggested teaching kids so many words each day, doing spelling tests day and so on. But it was to much for us. We just use the book mainly for spellng lists.

It has worked great for my 11yr old and she has improved a lot.

We also used "Spellingtime.com" last year when it was free. Just paid for it this year and my 8yr old daughter uses it.

For Kaylee we follow use the spelling book "Old Fashioned Education" suggests. We use the site for all 3 kids & I can't say enough good stuff about it.

Here is a link to that site:


Feel free contact me if you have any questions.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 10:34 AM ET
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I Second Sequential Spelling.  They have a free trial if you wanted to check it out. 

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 11:09 AM ET
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We have the Spellbound CD-rom and DS loved it.  It's a bit dated, but it works as a spelling program.

We used Spelling Time when it was free.  I always used custom lists with our curriculum's spelling lists, but you can use their standard ones also.


I'm going to use Spelling Power in the fall, as our curriculum's LA program doesn't have spelling in 6th grade and my DS still needs practice.

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op just loaded a new group buy last week for SpellDoctor.  It's currently 41% off at $19.




Subject: Fave spelling
Date Posted: 3/24/2008 4:04 PM ET
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I third the Sequential Spelling also.It is the only program my dd will use and she is not dyslexic.She does not like to write though so instead of a worksheet a day of spelling she does her 25 words for the day and she is done. Karin

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 7:25 PM ET
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My oldest daughter is dyslexic and my youngest has a really short attention span finding something that works for them has been a challenge. I will take a look at all the suggested programs. Thanks so much for all the advice I really appreciate it .


Date Posted: 3/25/2008 12:42 AM ET
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Another book that has the wordlists is Natural Speller by Kathryn L. Stout . http://www.designastudy.com/products/languagearts.html

It has 28 people waiting for it in the system here. http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781891975004-Natural+Speller I need to really search and see if I still have my copy!

I have heard a lot of good things about Sequential Spelling.


Subject: spell to write and read
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 11:36 PM ET
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is my recommendation.  also has a yahoo group that the author of the curric participates in.  it is teacher intensive to learn, but in the 4 weeks since we started using it, i have seen great improvement in my 11 yo and 9 yo.  AND my 9 yo is now reading on her own for fun!

Author is Wanda Sansori



Susan, swymm89

Subject: Spelling Power
Date Posted: 3/31/2008 3:14 AM ET
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We've used Spelling Power.


It is a box of cards with different activities that you use your regular spelling lists with.  I like it because it is color coded so it is easy to pick an activity to fit thier learning styles.


Good luck!



Subject: Spelling
Date Posted: 3/31/2008 5:30 AM ET
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YOu might also want to look into using Wordly Wise.  I like the way that it has a different activity each day to reinforce not just the spelling but the usage as well.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 1:50 PM ET
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I'm looking into everyones suggestions and really i cannot thank you all enough for your help with this I'm researching and trying to narrow down to a couple of choices to present to hubby.

Right now we are using SOS as our main curriculum so i'm not wanting to add alot of cost to that.


Subject: Spell to Write and Read
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:48 PM ET
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We started SWR this year for my 8year old daughter, who was a poor speller. She really loves this program, especially the enrichment activities. (I just asked her.) I think she likes it also because we have to do it together, it's interactive. Yes, like someone else said, it takes a lot on the parent's part to learn but once you have it down it is SO worth it.