I thought this program sounded perfect for our situation, but it didn't take long for our 4th grade struggling speller to become frustrated. There are too many rules clumped together in the spelling lists. For example: long a list includes a/c/e, ai, ay, eigh, etc. Disappointed. :(
This product is very effective. You must read the quick start to make sure you get started right. At first it can seems overwhelming, but it is worth the time to figure it out and get started. I really like the structure of the daily lessons with extra activities to do. My son is a hands on student so the reinforcement activities really help him to learn. Also the idea of not having to test on words you already know is a very big plus.
I am so excited to use this next year.. and the years to come. All the spelling words my kids need to learn are in this book and its a bit tricky to get started, but once you get through the first week or two, PIECE OF CAKE! Excellent!
I wish I had purchased this program sooner!! I can't believe that the seemingly "high" price tag held me back for so long. Considering that I would regularly spend $50 a year just on spelling workbooks for my four kids, I could have bought Spelling Power once years ago and been done with spelling workbooks forever.
I began using SP with my four kids last year, and now it's the only spelling program that I will ever use again. The introduction that teaches you how to use the program IS a bit daunting, but DO take 15-30 minutes to read through it so you'll really understand the program. The rest is a breeze!
Spelling is now my kids' favorite part of our school day. They are all naturally good spellers (because they are avid readers), but I know that this program has helped them learn and retain "tricky" words and words that they hadn't seen before. Highly recommended!!
I have tried other spelling programs. This one seems to fit us best. My fourth grader is weak in spelling but is feeling much more confident now and enjoying spelling. Since she isn't given a list to memorize first and gets to skip words that she already knows it seems to make her feel like she knows more than she thought she did! My tenth grader is working on his weak areas in spelling as well. It's working well for him too. I like this because it's all in the same book! No more spelling programs to purchase for us! Yay! It may not work for everyone but it is for us...