Sequential Spelling Analysis

I have been using Sequential Spelling with my second grader this school year.  Sequential Spelling teaches spelling according to patterns rather than rules.  After the first 40 days I was a little apprehensive about the program.  My son had scored a 70% on the 40 day evaluation.  While 70% isn’t poor, it isn’t great either.  So I decided to measure progress instead.  Before starting day 41 of the program I gave my son the test that is given after 80 days.  Below is a comparison of the test given before instruction and after instruction. Incorrectly spelled words are in red.

Pretest

Posttest

shoving

shoving

show

show

drove

drove

blowing

blowing

robe

robe

exploded

exploded

engoy

enjoy

delaid

delayed

loned

loned (supposed to be loaned)

soacking

soaking

crime

crime

ungourded

unguarded

starring

starring

marching

marching

home

home

soap

soap

understanding

understanding

depends

depends

demanded

demanded

exiting

exiting (supposed to be exciting)

70% correct

90% correct

I am pleased with the results.  The test took a look at many of the patterns learned over the past 40 days of instruction.  I’ve already given my son the pretest for the 120 day test.  He scored only 60% so it will be interesting to see his progress. So far, Sequential Spelling appears to be working for us.

One Comment:

  1. We love Sequential Spelling too! I have had two terriable spellers improve considerably using it…perhaps I should try it on myself. 🙂
    -Phyllis

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