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Spelling Power – Homeschool Curriculum Review

Are you thinking about homeschool spelling curriculum for next year?

Spelling Power is a complete spelling program for grades 3-12. It uses the 5,000 most frequently used words in the English language, organized by spelling rules.

It comes complete with placement tests, to determine where each child should begin. Each lesson lasts approximately 15 minutes and involves a test and practice activities to help the child remember how to spell the words missed on the test.

We have used Spelling Power off and on over the years, and I really like the word lists. The placement tests make it a cinch to figure out where to start with each child and the book is packed with activities for practicing misspelled words.

Spelling Power has received mostly 5 stars on Amazon reviews, and I can see why. It is a comprehensive program. You will never have to buy another spelling list or workbook if you use this.

One of the things I did NOT like about this book, and this is probably just a quirk with my family, is that my kids would BEG me to study the words before I gave them the test. They did not like having to guess how to spell words they were not prepared to spell.

That is not how this book works, though. The idea is that they are given a pre-test, essentially, to see what words they need to practice. Any words they spell correctly are not practiced.

This was very stressful, particularly to a couple of my children. To them, it seemed like one of those nightmares where you show up at school to take a final exam you forgot to study for.

Overall, I really like Spelling Power for a comprehensive spelling curriculum.

Just don't try it out on high strung children without preparing them that they will likely miss some words on each test and that is okay.

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This post is part of The Happy Housewife's Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.

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  1. We use the word lists from spelling power but really any word list would be good. I just love how the kids just spell w/o studying and then then write each word they missed 10 times and I add it back to the list for the next test. You don’t waste their time studying for words they already know! My 6 kids beg …… honestly they do! The concept is great! Good luck!

  2. Tabatha says:

    This is one of my dd’s favorite subjects! We have tweaked it for our family. We do half a list a day, discuss (briefly) the rule that is being used in the list and I allow her to look over the words briefly before the test (she usually takes about 1 min. to do this). Then we follow the procedure for misspelled words, sentences, etc. I like that I can use it for all of my kids through the rest of their “spelling” years. :)

  3. Thanks for this review. I’ve seen this curriculum in a couple of different places but read few reviews of how it actually works. I really like how recommended in comes from the places I”ve seen it. We are using a curriculum that I feel like my daughter isn’t challenged enough, yet is still working through each lesson.

    We will probably switch for next year. And even better that all the kids will be using it:) May not even use a spelling book for my younger kids!! YAY!! :)

    And I like the suggestions of reviewing the rules and going back to the test.

    Thank you!

  4. I too have used this on and off for years. I really like it for oder kids, but I like use Teaching Reading at Home and at School by Wanda Sanseri for beginning spelling. My personal preference is a more phonics based approach for early years.

  5. Heather Finnegan says:

    I used that book when I used to tutor at a Sylvan Learning Center. I really liked the book, though there they used the lists mainly for spelling, tests; and not for the lessons.

  6. Thanks so much for this review. I’ve been puzzling over which spelling curriculum to use, and I do like that you only have to buy it once. What I’m wondering is when to start this program? Should you start it based on what actual “grade” they’re in, or what level they’re reading at? My oldest is finishing what would be his Kindergarten year, but his strength is reading, and is at about a 3rd grade level at this point. Should I go ahead and start something like this? Any advice for this newbie would be appreciated.

    • There is a placement test the child should do. I have four children and two of them use this and two of them us All About Spelling. Like was said this works great for the “right” kids. My 10 year old was very bored with the standard weekly spelling list and loves this challenge. My 9 year old daughter gets very stressed over this and needs more explanation of the rules for why we spell the way we do and All About Spelling works great for her on that. So, it would depend on your child’s learning style. Do you belong to a local homeschool group? Maybe someone in your area has one they will not be using over the summer. Maybe they would let you borrow it and do a practice run with it to see how it works.

  7. Tabitha Teeter says:

    Thanks for the review explaining a bit of the methodology. We’ve been using Sequential Spelling and it’s helping some, but my DD hates having wrong words. I think we’ll take the plunge for AAS because phonics and spelling rules would be ideal for my nonnatural speller. Your review is most helpful. Thank you.