Since each student develops spelling skills at a different pace, Spelling You See placement is not decided by a student’s grade. Here are some suggestions to help you choose which level of Spelling You See is best for your student. Go to www.spellingyousee.com and check these headings.
1. Look under Philosophy for easy-to-understand descriptions of the five developmental levels of spelling. Which stage do you think describes your student?
2. Go to Getting Started for simple assessments. Remember that spelling level is more important than reading level. Your student should be able to read the passages easily so that the focus is on spelling, not on comprehension.
3. If you are still unsure where to place your student, go to Levels, read the description of each set of books, and look at the sample pages. An older, motivated student who can read well may be able to start at a higher level than a struggling reader or a reluctant writer, even though their spelling skills are similar.
Listen and Write and the first part of Jack and Jill are designed for students in the Phonetic stage of spelling.
The second part of Jack and Jill, Wild Tales, Americana, and American Spirit are all designed for students in the Skill Development stage of spelling. The reading level increases gradually throughout these four levels
Ancient Achievements is a transition level that completes the Skill Development stage. It includes a series of Spotlights that introduce students to interesting facts about words and English spelling in preparation for moving to the Word Extension stage of spelling.
Modern Milestones is designed for the Word Extension stage. Students make detailed study of how prefixes and suffixes are added to base words and learn different patterns for forming plurals and verb tenses. It is written for a student who is ready to learn fairly independently.
If you still have questions about placement, feel free to contact us. Look for the Contact button on the Spelling You See website.