When we first began homeschooling, I was one of those moms who tried to have school at home. I brought what I remember from my own public school experience to the table and lovingly dished out plates filled with textbooks, tests, schedules and of course, spelling lists. I hated spelling as a kid. In fact, I’m still not fond of it now. Thank God for spellcheck (can I get an amen?). Spelling was always my worst grade in school. The idea of memorizing lists of words bored me. Why I thought my own children would be different is beyond me. Over time we let the spelling lists go and I never replaced it with anything. In true Charlotte Mason-ism, I believed the kids would become good spellers simply because they read so much. For the most part, it was true.
They are average spellers and do just fine with grammar. They would probably be fine without any further “spelling training” but I’m one of those people who always sees room for improvement (both in others and myself). Not too long ago we were given such an opportunity. From the makers of Math-U-See comes Spelling You See. Spelling You See has just released two new levels of spelling books…
We received physical copies of the Student Workbook (part 1 and 2) and the Instructor’s Handbook from Modern Milestones.
Modern Milestones Review
Because my background in teaching spelling is pretty much limited to just handing out spelling lists, I’m thankful that in the Instructor’s Handbook they have included The Five Developmental Stages of Spelling. Being able to understand how the mind works at different ages (when it comes to learning to spell) is both helpful and just plain good to know.
The program is designed to take the frustration and difficulty out of teaching spelling.
How the program works
Each of the 36 weekly lessons is divided into five parts, A through E. Each day the student reads a passage aloud and then proceeds to mark base words, suffixes and prefixes as instructed to on the two daily pages. The first two days (A and B) of each lesson focus on copywork, the third (C) day has a workshop activity and the last two days (D and E) of the lesson are reserved for the student to write from dictation.
The workshop activities include matching, fill in the blank or other activity that requires the student to apply spelling pattern or choose meaningful suffixes or prefixes.
Level G is the most advanced level currently offered from Spelling You See and therefore is designed for children who can work more independently. Most of the instructions are included in the Student Workbooks so that once your student is established in how things work, they are able to work on their own.
The focus of Modern Milestones is on artists, musicians, scientists and others who have influenced our world since the invention of the printing press. Each week focuses on a different nonfiction passage about one of these amazing people. Michelangelo, Copernicus, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Johann Gutenberg and Jan van Eych are the first six people of interest.
What we thought
I had my 6th grader work through the book, using it almost daily. She is just chock full of informational tidbits. “Did you know…” has become her favorite catch phrase.
Beyond giving her a firmer foundation in spelling, she’s loving the historical flavor the books are given.
I had to work with her the first couple of times just to establish how things work but after that she was good to go and worked on her own from then on out.
She’s really enjoyed using the book and will most likely opt to continue using it even though the review period is over. Thank Spelling You See for the great resource!
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