I am struggling in find a decent spelling curriculum/program or anything. I have been using "The Writing Road to Reading" by Romalda Spalding, but it's kind of boring and mundane. I give the words, and if they miss spell them, I give it to them again the next day, and so forth. Maybe that's the way spelling is suppose to be, but thought I get a feel what's out there. I've heard some about All about Spelling, but not familiar with you. Any favorites? My boys are 8 and 12. Thanks in advance for your help.
We use "Spelling Workout." The kids like it pretty well and it isn't very expensive.
We are really enjoying Phonetic Zoo this year. 7th, 5th, and 4th graders.
I was going to recommend All About Spelling, which we use and which I've heard of several folks switching to after not liking the Spalding stuff. I've used AAS for several years, with one natural speller (I really like that AAS helps her analyze the "why" of the spellings instead of just memorizing - which she can do in a heartbeat) and one who struggles more with spelling. For the latter, I know any sort of memorize-for-a-test on Friday program would never work; she is right-brained and needs strategies such as what AAS teaches to help her.
We started using Spelling Power this year after trying other programs. Works like a dream for us! My 3 are 13, 11 and 10 and it really is simplified enough that the kids know what to do at this point and get the work done. The best part is that we are not running into as may spelling errors as they use to which is resulting in them writing more by choice!
We used Spell to Write and Read, which is a modified Spalding method. There were lots of choices of reinforcement activities to help, along with writing assignments using the spelling words. We used it for several years and it gave my daughter an excellent base.
I really like All About Spelling.