|Select An Appropriate Spelling Lesson
Spelling lessons have been developed on the principal of line by line, step by step learning. Early lessons are shorter and consist of a variety of basic starter words. As the student progresses, both the difficulty of words presented as well as the length or number of words in each spelling list increases.
Which spelling list is right for your student?
Students should NOT be encouraged to work on spelling lists that are too difficult for them. Doing so will likely frustrate and discourage your student. Instead, you should start with the basic lessons, and allow your student to progress at their own pace. The average rate of lesson completion is one lesson per week.
Select a lesson from the list below. Aim low, or below the level where you believe your student currently is. If they do well, move them up quickly, perhaps at a rate of two or three lessons in a single sitting. When lessons begin to challenge your students, you should slow down to the average of one lesson a week. Students should never complete more than two lessons a week, once they have found their starting point.
How do I know when I have found my students starting point?
For Teachers and Parents finding your students starting point is the most challenging part of using . A few rules will help you determine on which list to begin your student. First, can your student easily spell 80% or more of the words on a list? If they can, than you should move them to the next list, if not, move them down. In this context the word 'Easily', means that they are able to spell the word without hesitation, or difficulty. Students who spell the word correctly, but who also hesitate, probably need more practice for the spelling word to become rote, or innate.
Repetition is the key to your students spelling success
Spelling words will first be committed to your students short-term memory. Having the words in their short-term memory will allow them to pass spelling tests with a high percentage of accuracy. However, the goal is to help students commit the words to their life-long body of knowledge. To make these spelling words rote, students MUST repeat spelling activities frequently, and regularly, preferably over a period of one week. As a Parent or Teacher, you may feel that your student is ready to move on to the next list after only a few spelling sessions. You are highly encouraged to have them continue practicing the same list anyway. Remember, the goal is not to get through the lists as fast as possible, rather, the goal is to learn how to spell.