Listen and Write
Listen and Write provides lots of practice in writing individual letters and in hearing the sounds that letters make in simple words. This level is designed for a beginning reader who is still learning letter names and sounds and how to hold a pencil properly when writing.
Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill gives students opportunities to study words in the context of nursery rhymes by noting letter patterns, copying words and passages, and writing from dictation. This level is designed for the student who prints easily with lowercase letters and who knows most letter sounds, including long and short vowels.
Wild Tales gives students opportunities to study words in the context of factual passages about animals and allows students to mark various letter patterns, copy passages, and produce their own compositions or drawings. In this level, students also practice writing passages from dictation with assistance. This level is designed for a student who knows letter sounds and can spell many common words correctly.
Americana provides opportunities for students to study words in the context of factual passages about events and people in American history. Students mark various letter patterns, copy passages, and practice writing the passages from dictation. This level is designed for a proficient reader with gradually improving spelling skills.
American Spirit continues to guide students through the Skill Development Stage. Students will read about various people and events from American history, with passages written for 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.
Ancient Achievements provides continued word practice using core activities of marking letter patterns, copywork, and dictation while gradually increasing the reading level. Students will read about fascinating topics from long ago, such as cave paintings, Viking ships, and the travels of Marco Polo. At the same time, students are introduced to interesting facts about word roots and more advanced word patterns. It is designed as a bridge to the next stage of spelling.
In Modern Milestones, students are introduced to a new way of marking word patterns that emphasizes how prefixes and suffixes are added to base words to enhance or change their meanings. Passages on artists, musicians, scientists, and others who have influenced our world since early modern times provide opportunities for students to practice new word patterns in a meaningful context.