Levels of Spelling You See


Spelling You See is divided into levels which build sequentially on each other. Read more about each level. For help with which level is right for your student, visit our Getting Started page.

About Listen and Write


Listen and Write
illustration from Listen and Write

Listen and Write is designed for your young students as they move from the Preliterate Stage into the Phonetic Stage of spelling.

Listen and Write:

  • Focuses on lowercase letter formation, consonants, and short vowels
  • Moves the student from three-letter words to four-letter and eventually to five-letter words
  • Includes the focus of each day’s worksheet at the top for easy reference
  • Contains 36 lessons divides into five parts (A through E). Each part is a day’s lesson and should take no more than ten minutes a day
  • Features letter boxes to help your child learn sound-to-letter correspondence, a skill needed for reading success
  • Teaches correct pencil grip and letter formation
  • Emphasizes the consistent, automatic formation of lowercase letters

While Listen and Write is not a handwriting course, efficient handwriting techniques allow students’ brains to handle these tasks effortlessly and concentrate on more important things, such as sound-to-letter correspondence. This level comes with a handwriting guide for your student.

Another fun feature of Listen and Write are the stickers that are included. Your student can find a sticker to match a word from the day’s lesson, or simply choose one as a reward for a job well done. The sticker page includes suggestions on how to use them with the lesson.

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About Jack and Jill


Jack and Jill
illustration from Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill is designed to move your student from the Phonetic Stage into the third developmental stage — Skill Development. (Visit Getting Started for more specific guidelines on selecting the proper level.) Students at this stage are developing phonemic awareness—the ability to distinguish the individual sounds that make up spoken words in English. They then relate these sounds to print by learning that letters represent sounds, that letters make up words, and that each word looks different. Children arrive at the end of the Phonetic Stage once they have learned the basic rules of phonics and can actively apply them to both reading and spelling.

Jack and Jill:

  • Uses a nursery rhyme theme to introduce words in an engaging yet meaningful format.
  • Nursery rhymes introduce words and ideas that students might not otherwise hear and help students distinguish sounds that are similar, but not exactly the same. Easy to say and easy to learn, nursery rhymes add an indispensable auditory component during the Phonetic and Skill Development Stages of spelling.
  • Includes 36 lessons, divided into two books for ease of use. Each of the lessons is divided into five parts, A through E. One daily lesson consists of two facing pages.
  • Includes erasable colored pencils with each Student Pack.

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About Wild Tales


Wild Tales
illustration from Wild Tales

Wild Tales will continue your student’s journey through the Skill Development stage. If your child is new to Spelling You See, you will want to take a little more time with the first few lessons in order to become familiar with this unique approach.

In Wild Tales, your child:

  • Continues to work with the nursery rhyme theme from Jack and Jill for the first seven weeks
  • Transitions into nonfiction passages about animals beginning in Lesson 8
  • Reads the passage with the instructor each day. Guided reading helps readers of all ability levels become familiar with the passage.
  • “Chunks” the appropriate letter patterns indicated for that day’s lesson
  • Will have opportunities for copywork, free writing, and writing from dictation throughout the week

Wild Tales:

  • Includes 36 lessons, divided into two books for ease of use. Each of the lessons is divided into five parts, A through E. One daily lesson consists of two or four facing pages.
  • Includes erasable colored pencils with each Student Pack
  • Has complete instructional information in the Instructor’s Handbook, as well as access to helpful videos from Dr. Karen Holinga

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About Americana


Americana
illustration from Americana

Americana continues the Skill Development Stage. Students will read nonfiction stories about American history and culture. The reading level gradually increases, providing opportunities for vocabulary development and allowing students to learn how to spell words in an interesting context.

Americana:

  • Features nonfiction stories about American history and culture
  • Involves the three core activities for Spelling You See:
    • chunking – provides hands-on experience with the many irregular letter patterns in English
    • copywork – requires the brain to pay attention to details in print
    • dictation – gives an opportunity for student to demonstrate decoding and encoding in a meaningful context
  • Gradually increases in reading level, providing opportunities for vocabulary development and allowing students to learn how to spell words in an interesting context
  • Includes 36 weekly lessons divided between two books; each lesson has five parts, A through E
  • Has daily activities consisting of two facing pages
  • Includes erasable colored pencils with the Student Pack

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About American Spirit


American Spirit
illustration from American Spirit

American Spirit continues to guide students through the Skill Development Stage. Students will read about various people and events from American history, with a gradually increasing reading level. At the same time, the emphasis on the mastery of everyday words continues, building a strong foundation for the next stage of spelling.

American Spirit:

  • Features nonfiction stories about people and events from American history
  • Involves the three core activities for Spelling You See:
    • chunking – provides hands-on experience with English’s many irregular letter patterns
    • copywork – requires the brain to pay attention to details in print
    • dictation – gives an opportunity for student to demonstrate decoding and encoding in a meaningful context
  • Gradually increases in reading level, providing opportunities for vocabulary development and allowing students to learn how to spell words in an interesting context
  • Includes 36 weekly lessons divided between two books; each lesson has five parts, A through E
  • Has daily activities consisting of two facing pages
  • Includes erasable colored pencils with the Student Pack

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