1. Thanks for the link to the Starlight pumpkin project. I just shared it with my kids,and they want to try it next week! I also loved the Chattanooga trip pictures. It looks like a great (and challenging) week!!

  2. It looks like you had a fun week.

    Have you heard of Simply Spelling? It is similar to Spelling Wisdom, but each lesson has an activity to do for everyday of the week such as “underling the rhyming words” writing a word in syllables, the spelling rule for two vowels in a word and then underlining the words in the passage that follow that rule, punctuation rules, etc. You can see a sample here: http://slbpublishing.miiduu.com/simply-spelling-grades-3-12, though you can’t order from the website. You have to email her directly and if interested I can send you her email address.

    I am using this with my 11 year old son since Spelling Wisdom would be too much for him. I started him at the beginning and so far it is going good. I think what I like about this is that is shows him what to look for in a dictation passage and then gives spelling rules to help with the words in the passage.

    I also have been using Rod and Staff’s Spelling with my two middle kids and I really like it and am really starting to see results with my 7th grader (she also uses Spelling Wisdom). They are both doing a book behind their grade, but that is because when we started they had no clue how to spell anything! What I like about it is that they can work at it independently and I only have to give the test. It also doesn’t take a lot of time to do the daily work.

    I probably go overboard in spelling by using a spelling program and dictation, but honestly my kids probably only spend 1/2 hour a day doing both. I do know one thing and that is spelling is not the headache it was a couple of years ago.

    And yes, I’m loving Cindy’s Morning Time posts!!

    • Amy

      Thank you so much for the suggestions, Beth! I had totally forgotten about R & S! I will look into the other CM program, too. I appreciate the advice!

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