I needed a spelling program for my children. I have 3 kids all at different spelling levels. My 4th graders test higher thantheir grade, so that makes the graded spelling books impossible to use. I will be able to use this program, at each childs level until they complete it.
This program ensures that you know the spelling of the 5000 most commonly used words in English.
My two older children did not like this program at all and most importantly - the words that they were spelling were not retained. I know this is a very popular spelling program for homeschoolers, but not worth the price...get it used if you want to try it. I prefer everything grouped together and not extra random activity cards in another box. This is poorly laid out...lots of reading before you start. This program has you tell the rule before giving the words, but sometimes the rule did not make sense...with no explanation, confusing for the student. Check out all the used ones on ebay, that should give you a clue. Also you need to buy a binder to place the pages in.
I used Spelling Power as a home school parent for sixteen years with multiple grade levels. When choosing curriculum for a new Christian school (grades 6-12 only) this past year, my choice was once again Spelling Power. It is the most thorough and complete spelling curriculum available.
This is a great spelling system for really helping my kids to retain the words they study for longer than just the test. I will say it is a lot of work initially for the teacher to get prepared, going through the manual and video, etc. Once you get started, though, it is really easy. I love that I will never have to buy another spelling book!