APR
28
2014

Spelling You See Review & Giveaway

Good morning readers! We’re nearing the end of the school year and I for one can’t wait until the break is here! I’m ready for sun, swimming, and relaxing! And yes, we do take a traditional summer break just to give everyone (including me) a little rest and recuperation before kicking off the new year!

But…

That time isn’t quite upon us just yet.

And one of the things that Turbo is needing a little more help on is his spelling.

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As a result we’ve decided to continue on with spelling and possibly math over the summer. Mainly so they don’t do a brain dump of everything they’ve learned over the past year and forget it all!

So when the new Spelling You See product came for review I thought it would be a perfect time to try out something new, as well as give Turbo extra practice over the summer.

We’re still in the decision making process for our curriculum for next year for him, so I think this will help us decide what we’re going to do going forward.

What is Spelling You See?

For those of you who haven’t heard of Spelling You See, it’s a new curriculum recently released by the same folks as Math U See.

They have a unique approach where students search for things like vowel “chunks” and consonant “chunks” within an existing text. They also have copy work as well as dictation assignments to help students see and remember the words. As they progress through the lesson they start to memorize the text as well as the word spelling along with it.

What is their Philosophy?

The Spelling You See program follows a developmental philosophy that students move through these five stages:

  • Preliterate
  • Phonetic
  • Skill Development
  • Word Extension
  • Derivational Constancy

 

 

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I started Turbo off on “Level C” but really I think he could’ve gone up to the Level D program which is what I received for Strawberry Shortcake.

“Our program is research-based and based upon the finding that all students move through the same sequence of stages as they are learning to spell. Stages can’t be skipped or sped up. Although the stages children move through are the same, the pace at which they move through each stage is unique to each child.” ~ Spelling You See

 

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One of the things I’ve noticed is that there are no spelling tests or word lists with this program. So I wasn’t sure how to evaluate how my students are doing as far as progress goes. However there is a weekly dictation lesson and so they suggest that you monitor progress through those assignments to see that words are being spelled correctly on an increasing basis. They suggest that you will also notice an improvement in spelling and reading in other areas of your students work.

I’ll do a follow up review of this program after the summer to see what we think of it at that time since we just started. But I do like their philosophy on learning through developing a visual memory for words as they study them in a “meaningful context”.

The lessons also come with a teacher’s manual for the lessons although the instructions are at the top of each student workbook sheet so it’s quite easy to administer. There is also a login with video tutorials to help you get started.

And much to my children’s excitement it also comes with a brand new set of Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils! I know, it’s the little things.

Interested in taking a look?

Win it!

Would you like to try out this product for your own family? Spelling You See is offering a free copy  (level of your choice) to one of my readers! Just fill in the rafflecopter below to enter!

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Comments

  1. My daughter would use level B.

  2. I will start my kiddo with Level D.

  3. Wow! What fun looking spelling books. It looks like level D Americana would be great for summer, but level C could work, too.

  4. Elizabeth MacLagan says:

    My child would start with level B

  5. Would use level B.

  6. I would love to start with B and then get A for use with my 2 year old. My 7 year old is doing pretty well, but the Spelling You See approach seems like one that sets children up for success!

  7. We are doing Math U See this fall. I didn’t realize they also had a spelling program, I would love to check it out. Our family would need levels A and C. Thank you for this giveaway.

  8. Level C looks perfect for my daughter! Thank you for the opportunity to win this!

  9. B for my son and E for my daughter. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  10. Level E would be perfect for my daughter!

  11. Level A or E. Love Math U See and looking forward to Spelling You See.

  12. My twins would be level B. We love Math u see and would love to try this.

  13. We would love to try the Preliterate Level A :)

  14. We would start with level D!

  15. I would start with level C for my child. (However, I have two others schooling, so if we liked it, I’d also get A and E) I’d love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. My son would use Level D and my daughter would be A.

  17. I would start with Level E. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Tina Jenkins says:

    I would like Listen and Write level please.

  19. My son would start with level B. :)

  20. I would probably start my little guy with Listen and Write. I hope the U See team is at the homeschool convention we’re attending this year! I would like to check them out.

  21. My daughter would start on level B

  22. I would start my 3 and 4 year old with level A

  23. I would love level B.

  24. Most likely Level D. This looks great! Thanks!!

  25. Kristin Solomon says:

    We would like to try C and E

  26. Amy MOrehead says:

    We love Spelling You See!! My son is on Book b Jack and Jill and He loves it to so much :) And so do I. We would love to win the next Book C. Thanks for this review and all that you do. Blessings ~ Amy

  27. My daughter would start in either B or C

  28. I would like to win level C. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Level A would definitely be the one for our family at this point! Thanks for this giveaway!

  30. We would start with Level A.

  31. Amanda Parker says:

    Would love to win Level C.

  32. Jen Brunsvold says:

    I think level d would be good for my son.

  33. Jennifer G. says:

    We would start with Level A

  34. I would try level D or E with my son. My daughter would use level B.

  35. All of them, but would love to start with Level A!

  36. We would love to try level B.

  37. Listen & Write and Jack &Jill

  38. Elizabeth B says:

    I would like the level A

  39. Level B

  40. I’ve been checking this out – we’d love level C!

  41. I saw this when they introduced it, before it was even on the market, and I have been praying one of the homeschool blogs I follow would get a chance to review it! This looks like it would be perfect for my son who struggles with learning disabilities. Spelling lists and tests just do not work for him.
    I am definitely going to have to try this program!
    *fingers and toes crossed*

  42. I would love to try level a for my son!

  43. Laura Rodriguez says:

    Level A for my 3 year old

  44. Level B for my little guy.

  45. My son would start with level B Jack and Jill. This seems like a great way tom get in writing practice and spelling at the same time since my son does not like to write.

  46. I think that Level C would be the best fit for us.

  47. I would start my daughter out on C.

  48. Would love level D

  49. I would LOVE to try this program for my 7yr old, I think I’d start him on level B.

  50. We would use level B.

  51. Karen Partin says:

    I would want level B

  52. Jacklyn Knotts says:

    We would start on level B

  53. I would choose A for my youngest and either B or C for my other child.

  54. Christine Fehr says:

    I would like level B.

  55. i’d love level a! :D

  56. We have various levels in our home that could use this. We might as week start with A. Thanks!

  57. I just saw Karen Holinga speak at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati this past week and really loved the concept of the Spelling U See program. We talked with her afterward in depth about our children and the struggles they are having with reading in particular and realized that the Spelling U See program can also help with reading. We are definitely wanting to give this new program a try. We would want to start with Level B.

  58. I’d want level B.

  59. Level B

  60. Dominique Jackson says:

    My son would love Level B! I was planning on starting it this summer!

  61. We’d start at the beginning as my daughter hasn’t started ‘school’ yet. I’d love to have it on hand :)

  62. Level A

  63. I’d pick level A.

  64. I would love to try level A!

  65. My youngest would be on Level B.

  66. level A

  67. We would love to try Level B.

  68. My kids would be level B and C

  69. It would be hard to choose just one! I have three that I would love to start on the program…..my youngest on Level A, my daughter on Level B and my older son on Level D. I too, have been following this since I got the first email, as I love Math U See! Thanks so much for the giveaway. Many blessings!

  70. Brandy Abruzzino says:

    We would use level A.

  71. Erin Groff says:

    Level B

  72. Katie Anderson says:

    My daughter would need level A! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  73. We would use Level B

  74. I’d start level B with my son.

  75. We would love level A!

  76. Level D

  77. Sarah Bowers says:

    We would love to receive Level A

  78. We would use level E. Thank you!

  79. Level c

  80. I think it would be neat to try level A for my preschooler I will start teaching this coming fall or level C for my older daughter.

  81. Mary Happymommy says:

    I would choose E.

  82. I would use level B for my son or C for my daughter.

  83. Level A for my daughter, please!!

  84. We love math u see and would love to try this with my first grader next year!

  85. Jessie Musquiz says:

    I think level B would be the best fit for my son. He could really use some more help in that area. I hope he wins! :) Thank you for the review!

  86. Sandi Wray says:

    Is get either b or c for my daughter and a for my son.

  87. Kelly Robinson says:

    My twins would probably start in level B! Thanks for all your helpful information!

  88. We would start with with A love this!

  89. I’d love to win level D!

  90. Level C would be best for my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  91. I think we will start from the beginning with Level A. Thank you.

  92. Level B, please!

  93. I think my younger son would benefit from level 3

  94. Jessica Howard says:

    Level A please! Thank you for this giveaway

  95. We’d be using level c – wild tales.

  96. Level A or C would be good for our family.

  97. Amy Korthals says:

    I’d love to give American Spirit a try!!

  98. I would choose Jack & Jill level! Thanks!!!

  99. I would love to try C with my daughter

  100. Either B or E

  101. I’ve been looking at the program for next year and I want wild tales or Americana for my daughter. I still need to give her the placement test to figure out where she is

  102. Would love to win!! Level B is what we would use. Thanks for the giveaway!

  103. I would love to have level D.

  104. We’d start my Little Man with Level B

  105. Crickett Brown says:

    Level D – Americana

  106. I discovered this last week and would like to try level D with my daughter.

  107. Natalie Lloret says:

    I would start my son with Level A.

  108. Looking forward to trying this with my first grader.

  109. We would love to win Level B, Jack and Jill.

  110. I would need Level A. I don’t use Twitter, so I guess I won’t have a chance to win over those that do twitter and facebook.

  111. We would be at level A

  112. I need level B! (And the next two, really, for my 3 struggling spellers)

  113. We would love level A.

  114. I’d start with Level A!

  115. Can’t wait to see these. We would do level B & D
    Thank you for the review!

  116. Looks like we would need Level B: Jack and Jill

  117. Tiffanie h says:

    Level a

  118. Level C would be my choice.

  119. I would love to try out level D! Thanks for the chance!

  120. Level C

  121. Level B

  122. Tracy Cary says:

    This looks like a great program! We’d be on level A.

  123. Sarah Rogers says:

    This looks like such a fun curriculum! I think we would be on level B.

  124. I am not sure. I would likve to try this for two of my kids..my oldest level E and my youngest level a.

  125. Level A would be great for my son!

  126. I’d like to win level B, Jack and Jill.

  127. I think we would start with Level C.

  128. We could use either listen and write for my daughter or wild tales for my son!

  129. Rae Varela says:

    My girls would use level D!

  130. Christine W. says:

    My daughter really struggles with her spelling. I would love to see if this helps!
    She would start with level D.

  131. Level A

  132. We would be ready for level C. Spelling has been by far our biggest struggle this year. I’m on the lookout for new curriculum that might help

  133. oh, this review couldn’t have come at a better time… my 7 year old is really struggling with spelling and I’m struggling with keeping him interested in it! I think I’d start him either level b or c… thanks for the review!!

  134. Level A would be the starting place for my struggling speller/reader. Thank you!

  135. At long last.. a fun way to teach spelling to your homeschooler! It would be a blessing to be able to use this with my sweetie pie Gaby :)

  136. Mandy Bamford says:

    I would love to win Level C. Thank you!

  137. Tiffany Marston says:

    I have little ones just starting (again)…So we would love to start at the beginning with Listen and Write.

  138. Either A for our 3-yr-old or D for our 2nd grader. :)

  139. I would need to start my son off with Level B. Thanks!

  140. Level A please. This will be our first spelling program. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  141. Gosh this would be great for my DD! Either A or B, as I have 2 girls, would be fabulous! Thank you for this awesome give away!

  142. Listen and Write would probably be best, but since my kids are 13, 10, 7 & 4, I could use anything you are willing to send my way :)

  143. Nikki Buskirk says:

    We would be level B. Would love to get this as a new homeschooler this would be great

  144. Level B:)

  145. My oldest would need level D. :)

  146. We would start with Level A.

  147. I think we would need level B.

  148. We would love to have level C

  149. Level b looks perfect

  150. If I won, I would want Level C- Wild Tales.

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