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This is a series of books designed to teach spelling using the Charlotte Mason method. Both British and American versions are available. Each book gives dictations out of what they describe as ‘the writings of great men and women of history’ using 6000 of the most frequently used words in the English language. The child studies the passage, then chooses words to focus on and study. When he/she is ready the parent dictates the passage, quickly covering any misspelled words so that thy are not committed to memory. With this method spelling is learned through the use of language rather than memorization.

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  1. Spelling Wisdom Review by Wendy
    Pros: Patterned for a more traditional, classic, sophisticated literature/dictation
    Cons: uninteresting and still rote to my 7th grade daughter, didn't feel like there was much spelling learned

    Grades Used: 7

    My daughter and I are kind of traditionalists and we didn’t care for this program. I thought the concept was good – it’s like great works of literature, dictation, handwriting and spelling all in one, but it just didn’t do it for us. I had chosen this curriculum based on a recommendation from another traditional homeschooler friend, but the next year I let my daughter choose the curriculum and she chose Soaring with Spelling and really enjoyed it (‘lighter’).

  2. Spelling Wisdom Review by Sheri Vincent

    Oops forgot to fill in the stars above 🙂

  3. Spelling Wisdom Review by Sheri Vincent
    Pros: Inexpensive, books are not consumable & last more than one year
    Cons: Parent must dictate on dictation day

    Grades Used: 3-12

    This is a natural way to learn spelling rather than memorizing words that may or may not be relevant to the child. My children (ages 9 & 12) much prefer it to the traditional way. The only drawback is the time needed for dictation once the passages get longer in the harder levels. It is not every day, though, so for us it is no big deal.

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