Spelling You See is a natural, easy way to teach and learn spelling.
No spelling tests! No memorizing word lists! No daily time-consuming instructor preparations!
Spelling You See is a unique approach to spelling, powered by research on natural language development, focused on letter patterns, and designed around short, daily activities.
What Makes Spelling You See Distinctive?
Based on the latest neurological research
Spelling You See draws from extensive research on language acquisition, long-term memory, and child development. Our curriculum uses proven strategies that have helped learners become confident spellers for over two decades. You can read a list of our academic sources here.
An Adept Speller is a Visual Speller.
We use three simple tasks to create a visual response to spelling. In order to spell adeptly, we must recognize patterns within words, and sound is not always an effective way to do that. Proper spelling patterns are developed over time, through repetition and experience, enabling students to spell words naturally in everyday writing.
Lessons are short and stress free
The Spelling You See Program is built on core activities designed to offer a meaningful variety while developing your student’s confidence and familiarity with words. Each level uses a combination of:
- Speaking and Listening
- Letter Pattern Recognition
- Copywork and Dictation
Placement is critical for success
Every student is unique. And that’s why our student placement is skills-based, not grade-based. Proper placement leads to success for both student and instructor. We make starting off on the right foot simple with our easy-to-use placement guide. Our guidelines are designed to help you determine which developmental stage your student is in and to place your student in accordance with their skill level.
Getting Started with Spelling You See
We offer seven levels, starting with one for beginning readers who are learning letter names and sounds.
Each level builds sequentially on the previous one and supports students moving through the developmental stages of learning to spell.
The Five Developmental Stages of Spelling
Research indicates that all students move through the same sequence of stages as they are learning to spell. Stages can’t be skipped or sped up, but the pace at which children move through the stages is unique to each child.
Understanding how children learn to spell and using a program based on research and developmentally-appropriate practices can help guide students to become competent, confident spellers.
A Q&A with Dr. Holinga
In this short video, Spelling You See creator Dr. Karen Holinga, a former elementary school teacher, homeschooling parent, and college professor with over 30 years of experience working with children, answers frequently-asked questions about the creation of Spelling You See.
Parental engagement has a huge impact on student’s academic achievement. Our mission is simple: we empower parents to help their children grow into lifelong learners. A product of Demme Learning, Spelling You See incorporates a number of distinguishing elements that make our programs successful.