We’ve been using a variety of resources for language arts this year, so it follows that we also have used a few different programs for spelling. As I mentioned in a previous post, the spelling lists in Total Language Plus are from the work of literature being studied, so they were not grouped by rules. Therefore, we decided to use Spelling Power by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon, a book that can be used from age 8 through high school. The version we have contains a CD-ROM with printables and spelling activities, though there is also an activity task box available for purchase as well. Because this book had so much information in it, I was glad it contained a shortcut DVD version of how to use the program. The DVD definitely helped us to start using the program quickly.
The book contains spelling lists grouped according to rule and age/grade level, with review of previous words interspersed throughout. The 15-minute daily spelling routine is to complete a Daily Test (with rule written at the top), a 10-Step Study Sheet for any words missed, and a fun spelling activity based upon the activity cards. The student does not study words until AFTER the test, so the student is studying only the words he/she does not know how to spell. The 10-Step Study Sheet is completed for missed words, and then the words missed are added to the beginning of the next daily test to see if he/she has retained how to spell the word correctly.