For Spelling (and Phonics review):
We're using All About Spelling. The spelling program that we had wasn't working for Norah, even with bribes. I really wanted it to work because that is how I learned to spell and how her dad learned to spell and most importantly... I had already paid for it. The program we had encouraged Norah to spell by just gaining enough familiarity with the way the words look to so she could copy them back out for the test, etc. This program, on the other hand, is supposed to be effective at getting kids to understand the sounds that make up the words, so effective that kids begin to spell words after hearing them without even seeing them first. How is that even possible? I don't know. But, I plan to find out!