My 9-year-old son struggles with lessons, especially sit down and write out lessons. I have attempted to get him excited about paper/book lessons over the years. I am not the kind of home-educating mom that pushes curriculum on my children. I know that I have to try different ideas and think about what fits for that child. Everyone of my children learns in a different way. Some of my children, like Einstein loves to read text from a book because he loves book work. My oldest daughter loves to get her hands dirty. What I mean by that is, she likes to get into her work. If she is learning about animals she wants to see them and touch them. Therefore, our family visits a farm. I have a son that learns by helping or teaching others and he is in the 2nd grade and really loves multiplication. He loved to help other children with flash cards, therefore, he learned math while helping teach it, unbeknownst to him. LOL
With Franklin, my 9-year-old, he has trouble retaining information in his long-term memory. So, when we started Spelling You See Book C a few weeks ago and I was interested in how well this curriculum would work for him. So far so wonderful.
With Spelling You See, the material is interesting to Franklin. He is not just handed a list of spelling words. Franklin started out learning a simple rhythm. Then, he moved onto blocking the vowel chunks. The time it takes for each lesson is not long for him; therefore, his attention span stays during each lesson. With a little help from me, Franklin knew what to do with each page. He didn’t have very many questions because the directions with Spelling You See are simple for Franklin to understand.
Spelling You See even has an area for Franklin to be creative and there is even a section for him to draw. Then copy the rhythm or add a story of his own. Franklin chose to add a story of his own. I loved how creative he was with each story. Writing each story was a joy and so much fun for him.
How do I feel this has helped my struggling student?
Well, over the course of a few weeks with Spelling You See, Franklin has retained items in his long-term memory. Like what a vowel is versus a consonant. He is even smiling while doing Spelling You See. There has been absolutely no struggles in getting him to do his spelling work.
With children it is easy to get in a routine of doing the same thing for each one. Over the years, I have learned that every child learns at his or her own pace with different techniques. The goal is to instill the love of learning and the gift of education in each child. I am doing that with Franklin in his spelling with Spelling You See.