1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
You can set your own schedule if you want, but since it is a spelling program it is best to follow the lessons in order as one builds off the other in a logical manner. You can take breaks as needed, since it is a physical book. You can adapt or schedule as you do any other physical book.
2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
These levels are based upon skill and academic level. (Example Level F, Level G, etc.) There are suggested age/grade ranges for these levels, and of course you can use a lower level for more review, or a higher level for more of a challenge. You are locked into that one level, since it is a physical product. And as a result, there are no hidden fees. Each set has everything you need.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
My son did not find it boring. The coloring aspect, and the engaging subject matter went a long way in taking an otherwise boring subject (spelling) and making it fun and interesting. He's not much of fan of copy work, but finds it a necessary evil to accomplish his learning goals. The lessons are short, the copy work not excessive. He didn't spend much longer than 20 minutes per lesson.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
Level F is based on Ancient History, so if you are already studying (or plan to study) an ancient world history lesson, then this will fit right in! You can also use this if you are studying something else, and it won't be confusing at all.
Overall, we really enjoy Spelling You See and plan to make it a staple in our homeschool! The lessons are short and sweet, the use of colored pencils makes it fun for him. The subject matter is intriguing and engaging, making this a fun way to learn the mechanics of spelling! You know it is a hit when the kid ASKS to do it!
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