4 Stars Out Of 5
Megawords was a surprising Mega-hit!
February 1, 2011
My children were bored with traditional spelling programs while in public school. So, when we pulled them to homeschool I didn't want to subject them to more of the same. We tried several non traditional approaches to spelling (including IEW and Wordly Wise) and then I stumbled upon Megawords. I thought the black and white "work-sheety" appearance of the pages would turn them off but they really, really enjoy these books. In fact, I attempted to switch programs this school year and they asked to continue with Megawords! The books break down words into spelling patterns and teach a variety of strategies for decoding and deciphering meaning. I think my kids enjoy them because they do not insult their intelligence and spelling ability but rather build on what they know and challenge them to think beyond what they know without being subjected to the traditional , repetitive, sentence-for-each word, write-each-word-three-times regiment. We do a section a week (sometimes take two weeks depending on scheduling) and then I choose words randomly from the extensive word list to use as their spelling test. We started these when the kids were 2nd and 3rd grade but they are natural spellers. I believe the 4 -12 grade level rating is just about right. I read a review somewhere that these books work well in a remedial setting for high school kids but they are also working well in a "gifted speller" setting for mid-elementary.