Soaring With Spelling

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Content: Spelling & Vocabulary
Grade(s): K – 8th
Prep Time: Minimal
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $ || ?
Pages: 216
Publication Date:
Updated Review: May 12, 2014

From Soaring With Spelling’s website:

This spelling program includes 8 separate grades (levels) for teaching spelling and vocabulary. Each level has 36 lessons.

The spelling and vocabulary worksheets in Level 1 start with a gentler approach by introducing the student to simple one and two-syllable list words for each lesson. The list words for the Level 1 spelling worksheets demonstrate simple long and short vowel sounds, as well as an introduction to vowel and consonant blends. The complexity of the word lists grow to include some Latin roots.

Each lesson is clearly divided into five separate days. Each day has specifically assigned duties as follows:

Day 1: Student takes a pretest to gauge his level of proficiency with the list words.

Days 2-4: Student completes the exercises in the workbook for each day. Exercises include writing the list words, copying a sentence, or writing the definition for a list word. Soaring With Spelling also uses age-appropriate spelling games, such as proof reading,
deciphering puzzles, word jumbles, crossword puzzles, word search, definition matching, unscrambling words, identifying misspelled list words in a paragraph or sentence, alphabetizing word groups, and complete the sentences.

Day 5: Student takes the final test.

Every five weeks there is a review lesson, which covers the five previous lessons. Level 1 starts with 6 list words, and each level thereafter is increased by 2 list words. For example, Level 8 contains 20 list words for each lesson.

For each lesson, the answer key has space for the teacher to record list words (carry-over words) that were misspelled during previous lessons. Each carry-over word is brought forward to the next lesson until the student spells it correctly. The answer keys are separate from the spelling worksheets, for parents who want to promote independent study.

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2 thoughts on “Soaring With Spelling

  1. We’ve used the Soaring with Spelling and find it excellent. As stated above, it teaches rules like when I was growing up. It is not just a bunch of random words. I don’t find the flipping an issue and we like the spiral binding at the top. I also use the Growing with Grammar, love it as well. There is nothing like diagramming to show grammar 🙂

  2. We really like this program. The words that are chosen to spell follow phonics rules, however, they also include the use of definitions to those words too, so the students aren’t only learning to spell words, but how to use them in every day life. There is a nice variety used for the excercises every day and my kids like that. One thing that i don’t like is that becasue the spiral binding is at the top of the page, it is pretty difficult to flip back and forth to match a definition to a word, or double check the spelling. We tear our lessons out of the book which helps with this issue. (there is not the issue that day 5 of one lesson and day 1 of the next share the same piece of paper, so tearing it out is not an big deal.) We like the program enough that I won’t let this keep us from using it again.

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