Submitted by: Cooper R.
Curriculum: Spelling Power
Grades Used: 5-6
Dates Used: 2007 and 2008
Just like any homeschool curriculum, this homeschool spelling program had its ups and downs.
I used the program to enhance my son’s fifth and sixth grade learning experience.
The pros: Unlike other spelling programs, this one uses a very good philosophy of only reviewing the words the child misspells. This is the only practical technique to help the children who naturally spell better to begin with. It makes no sense for a child to learn a list of words for the allotted 1 week time period if they can already spell it. Another pro is that it is possible to use the single, non-consumable book for the entire year.
The cons: The author of the book includes many unnecessary chapters leading up to the beginning of the program that are tedious to read. These chapters include her telling you to follow the program exactly as she describes it. I did not favor this much as I saw some of the instructions unnecessary and went my own route. I also saw found that this method was a big overly done. There is a Daily Test sheet, a Review Test Sheet, and a Delayed Recall sheet. Each list is 30-35, but does it really matter which one you use?
Spelling Power is definitely a step up form methods that just list words that have no relationship with each other at all. However, be cautious, this program is more likely to help the natural speller than the non-speller.
My Spelling Power Review: 7 out of 10.