After using several spelling programs I was looking for help! Serious help!!!
1. It introduces children to patterns and rules through discovery lessons under the guidance of the parent.
2. Tests require the application of knowledge rather than memorization of lists, so children are able to apply their knowledge to a greater number of words.Spelling Mechanics Homeschool Word Program
|Each child makes a Spelling Notebook which contains the completed Word Sorts, Reference for rules learned and Personal words. My daughter chose to put her 5 personal words to be studied on a big sticky note on the cover of her notebook.|
|Sample of Level 3 Worksheets. To see more of this set, (which includes Teacher Instructions) go here.|
|A sample of Spelling Mechanic's Rule box that is cut from the worksheets and put into the Spelling Notebook.|
Our experience and thoughts:There were a few times early on when I just didn't "get" the direction of Spelling Mechanic and almost hung it up. But when I saw how much my daughter enjoyed it and how much she was RETAINING, I pressed on.
Around Unit 3, it all clicked for me. I'm very glad we persevered through because this has been the most positive spelling experience we've had. I wish I would have had it for my older 2 children!
Admittedly, this program is the most expensive we've ever used. But considering the amount of money we spent on 'cheaper' programs that didn't work and the tearful interactions throughout the years, I will gladly invest in this program! Spelling Mechanic is well laid-out, fun, interactive, and flexible PLUS it took the stress out of teaching and learning spelling in our household!
Check out some sample units and see if Spelling Mechanic is right for your homeschool!
I received a Level 3 CD-Rom free of charge in exchange for an honest review.