My son is a natural speller and LOVES this program. It has made it easy for us to test him at a level where he is challenged instead of spending years doing "busy work". It does take a while to figure it all out and the informational CD is very boring, but once you have the basic concept, it is very simple. I am not sure how the program would work for children who struggle with spelling, but if you invest your time doing the extra activities, I think it could be a good fit for almost any child.
When I first received this program and went through it, I was not very enthused about using it. The book is huge and I did not want to have to read through it plus all the other reading a homeschool mom has to do. Thank God for the "Quickstart Tips" and the Quickstart DVD. That's all I used to get started, and we're doing fine. If I want to read a novel, I'll read a novel, not a spelling book. Anyway, when we first started this, my 4th grade son was spelling at an upper-second grade level. His confidence is increasing with this program and I'm so glad I found it. In the past I leaned towards the fun, colorful spelling workbooks that presented spelling words in families or some other logical progression. My son learned nothing from those. If you are willing to commit to the program and stick it out, your children will benefit. It's great.
This is great! My girls now WANT to do spelling. It is easy and not time consuming to start or do and they retain what they learn. I would recommend getting the workbooks to go with it - makes it really easy to get going and stay with it.
I am using Spelling Power for grade 3 and 6. We are so happy with it! Both children look forward to spelling now, amazing! It really does work. I especially like it that the child corrects the misspelled word right away. The DVD is excellent and easy to follow. I highly recommend this product.
I am so jazzed about this system. My ten year old son had previously been on about a first grade level with spelling. He refused to write at school and no matter how many hours a week we would study (using traditional methods), it wouldn't stick. Now he spends 15 minutes a day and the correct spelling sticks like magic. He is up to knowing over a hundred words after working 1 week!!!