Because Spelling You See does not require students to take tests, some parents wonder how they can measure their child’s progress. It is important to remember that performance on tests does not always measure a student’s ability to spell accurately in independent work. Words learned in lists are usually stored in the short-term memory and then discarded, but words learned in a meaningful context are far more likely to be remembered and used in the student’s own writing.
As the student works through Spelling You See, you should observe increased accuracy and speed in completing a dictation passage. Eventually you should see more accurate spelling in other daily work. However, spelling is the last of the many skills required for content or creative writing. The brain pays attention to other skills first, so be patient and do not put pressure on your student. The repetition of words and basic letter patterns in Spelling You See is deliberate, as many students need this repeated practice to master English spelling.
Dictation exercises should not be treated as tests. Regardless of how a student performs on the final dictation of the week, always move forward to a new passage the next week. It is not necessary to keep a list of troublesome words. Everyday words will show up over and over again as the student works through the lessons.
If you are required or wish to keep a record of your student’s progress, you may remove pages from the workbook at regular intervals, date them, and keep them in a folder. You may also keep samples of independent writing from the beginning and end of the school year.
Remember that learning to spell proficiently takes time. Progress is not always obvious from day to day. Reviewing student work over a period of time should encourage you and your child that improvement is taking place.