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4 Stars Out Of 5
January 17, 2017
I think this would be a good spelling program to use each year. My 9th grade daughter wanted to brush up her spelling. This has good word lists, but I'm not impressed with the way it teaches spelling rules. For example, Lsn 1 teaches "ea" is a way to spell long a (break). True, but I would teach this as an exception to the rule "ea" is long e. I wish there were more teaching helps. I like that it was relatively inexpensive and I believe it will be useful. Product quality/value is good for the price paid.
I truly appreciate finding this program. The wordlists are fantastic; the exercises are useful (not busywork). I appreciate the focus on roots, prefixes, and suffixes as well. My son is able to use this program independently (except for the spelling tests), which we both appreciate. Quick, effective, powerful. We'll be sticking with this program for all our children.
This is a great spelling program. I appreciate the focus on vocabulary as well as spelling.
Regarding the previous reviewers comments about "weird wordlists," I don't think the words are unusual at all. Many of them are words kids will see in future reading unless they don't read any classics. For example, "Adieu" is found in Shakespeare's works and "Jonquil" in Willa Cather's (My Antonia). Honestly, my son's first encounter with the word "quay" was when he was six reading a Thomas the Train book, and "deathbed" is found in numerous dictionaries as one word.
I have used many Christian Liberty Press books over the past 7 years of homeschooling. I like their economical pricing and no frills approach to education. However I am really not impressed with this spelling book. It is the first time I have used this company's spelling curriculum. The word list selections seem incredibly odd. Words that sixth graders will never use and probably never even read even in the oldest classics. Some examples...jonquil, valise, quay, yeoman, adieu, pert, wurst, caliper, earthbound(that one couldn't be found as one word in ANY dictionary!!). So anyway, if your child learns these words they may win some "spelling bee of obscur words" but they will more likely get sick of looking up weird words and trying to memorize the spelling of words they have never heard used.