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(This review, written by Lisa Nehring, was originally posted on the blog Golden Grasses. This product was received in exchange for an honest review.)
Spelling You See brought by the good folks who brought us Math You See, is hands down, FANTASTIC. We reviewed both Wild Tales (Level C) and American (Level D).  After homeschooling five kiddos I’ve learned that spelling is a mixed bag in our home. We have some natural spellers, some okay spellers and some “shoot me now, ’cause I’ll never be able to figure this out,” spellers. I would almost count myself in that last category, and I thank God regularly for online dictionaries, and the creator of spell-check.

My mathy girl, age 11, struggles greatly with spelling. We’ve tried other spelling programs, and they’ve left her in tears. She is an excellent writer, but a hurtful comment about what a miserable speller she was, as well as her insecurities about spelling, left her with wounded confidence. With this came the belief that she just wasn’t ever going to “get” spelling. We’ve tried several programs, with success ranging from terrible to hopeful moderate.

Enter Spelling You See.

Frankly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. We received a very slim teachers manual, two workbooks, and a well-packaged set of erasable colored pencils. Both my children were curious about the program straight off, given the pencils.

I had initially signed up to review American (level D). My daughter is a solid and confident reader. Due to a shipping snafu, we receive Wild Tales first, and then later on Americana. She and I looked through Wild Tales and decided to give it a go. Oh, I am so glad we did! Here’s what we found.

First, the layout of Spelling You See…..

Each lesson is formatted the same and divided into five sections; A, B, C, D, and E. The lessons focus on identifying and learning one of the following:

  • vowel chunks
  • bossy r chunks,
  • consonant chunks
  • endings
  • wise Y’s.

The genius of this program is that the kids identify these areas and circle them. The vowel chunks are always yellow, the consonant chunks blue, etc. In this way, the kids learn to see the words in phonetic “chunks” versus individual letters. The lessons have loads of built-in repetition, and by the end of a lesson, the kids are writing it from dictation.

Wild Tales – Level C

Wild Tales begins with nursery rhymes and has an animal theme. The layout is simple but bright and colorful, and each picture coordinates with the text. While my daughter was far beyond the reading level of Wild Tales, this was a perfect place to start with spelling. From day one, her spelling improved. Not just a little, but significantly. She began writing letters to friends again (something she’s been avoiding since she realized she wasn’t quite up to speed with spelling), as well as leaving little notes around the house and in her Dad’s lunch. It was a joy to see her confidence grow by leaps and bounds!

Americana – Level D

Americana focuses on all things American. Part two even has Mt. Rushmore on the cover (we live in the Territories y’all!). Each day’s worth of spelling reiterates some small snippet of American History. Part of our daughter’s history for the year is to finish reading an American History book used in Co-op last year. Spelling You See’s American ties in beautifully, reiterating simple stories.

What did I love about Spelling You See?

One of the things that makes this so successful is that the program is not “grade level” dependent. The student starts wherever they are, gaining mastery quickly and painlessly. My daughter did several components of a lesson a day, blazing through Wild Tales, gaining spelling mastery along the way. In no way did she feel that she was behind or less than. The sentences and stories are complex enough to engage even those way beyond reading-wise.

Each section of a lesson takes about 10 minutes. We did spelling every day because she was highly motivated and enjoyed the lessons. The copy work and dictation are something we have used in English for years, so this was nothing new. Also, the spelling has to do with words the kids would use in everyday language. The focus is on spelling mastery; so there’s not a lot of bells, whistles, and extras thrown in. And for that, I am grateful. I’m all about the simplistic, straightforward, and effective!

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How much will I have to spend?

Spelling You See is really middle of the road price-wise. Sure, you can find things cheaper, but for the quality, you really get what you pay for with this program. Below are the prices for each individual level.

Spelling You See: Listen and Write (Level A) – $41
Instructor’s Handbook $21
Student Pack $34
Spelling You See: Jack and Jill (Level B) – $53
Instructor’s Handbook $21
Student Pack $47

Spelling You See: Wild Tales (Level C) – $53
Instructor’s Handbook $21
Student Pack $47

 

Spelling You See: Americana (Level D) – $53
Instructor’s Handbook $21
Student Pack $47

Spelling You See: American Spirit (Level E) – $53
Instructor’s Handbook $21
Student Pack $47

Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements (Level F) – $53
Instructor’s Handbook $21
Student Pack $47

Spelling You See: Modern Milestones (Level F) – $53
Instructor’s Handbook $21
Student Pack $47

This program is geared for elementary students, or for those who need remedial help in spelling.

Final Thoughts…

(If you loved this review be sure to also check out our thoughts on Math U See.)
Are you considering using the Spelling You See curriculum? Check out this review from True North Homeschool Academy's own Lisa Nehring. See if this easy to use curriculum could be right for you! #SpellingYouSee #TrueNorthHomeschoolAcademy #homeschooling #homeschoolspelling
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