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Old 04-03-2014, 03:23 PM
 
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I have a sweet second grader who can read but really struggles with spelling. She spells like one of our kindergarten students - not a secon grader. For example she spells "spin" as "sin," "spen," or "spinne." She hears the sounds and can read the word but has failed to encode them consistently. I tried a different spelling approach with her that is created for a homeschool setting and she managed spin and spinning without prompting today.

I'm so proud.

I don't think I could get away with this in any other setting. Thank goodness for small classes, flexible administrators, and super supportive parents.

** my phone likes to autocorrect too much. I meant tears, not years.


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Would you please share the approach you used? I know a child who is having the same problems.
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I'm using Sequential Spelling. It's pretty quick and easy to administer one on one. I got the teacher book and response book for $14 as an ebook from the AVKO website. The approach is a modified Orto-Gillingham approach. I did not plament test her as I looked at the word lists and realized she is missing so much from her spelling skills that they teach early on.

The author sounds like a pompous jerk if you read his writing (stuff like students are failing because schools are failing to teach) but I was desperate to find something so I bought it anyways. I'm teaching the mom how to do it Monday at lunch so the child will be doing I both at home and with me.

The student is a super visual learner. I truly think she thinks almost entirely in pictures and probably has a slight case of dyslexia. She's an extremely creative student - an artist and gymnast - but really struggles.
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That really is great news. God bless you for going that extra mile to ensure the child learns how to spell.

p.s. I read the title as "tears" not years!
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I know you are so excited!
I'd forgotten about Sequential Spelling. I used it with DS when he was little. I think I still have the first book. I bet I could get by with it, too. Thanks for the reminder!


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