As the 2nd best Speller in Siskiyou County, CA. during my 6th grade year..... I feel Spelling is important. I am one of those people that will redo an article, letter, etc. just because the spelling and punctuation is wrong OR I am the kind that gets an email or letter and the first thing I notice is the spelling mistakes. It is a sickness!LOL Makes my husband and kids crazy but I feel that in the 18 yrs of marriage my husband has greatly improved his spelling and the way her writes. Now, the USAF could take credit for part of this but I like to think it is my nagging!LOL
It does make my boys crazy because Mom insists on Spelling every year as part of their homeschooling curriculum. No ifs, and or buts about it. I lecture them and tell them the importance of Spelling and how it gets them further in life to be a decent speller.
Not only do we use Time 4 Learning spelling section, I then transfer those words to our program at Spelling City! I love Spelling City, if you have not checked it out.... do so. It is SO worth it. I have passed it onto many homeschoolers as well as public school parents. As part of their spelling curriculum AND their writing program via Grandma... they have to do handwriting worksheets. The best part is, you can take your word list and have it printed out in cursive so they can trace the words and then use cursive to write them themselves. Not only does this help them with their handwriting practice but it also drills those spelling words a little more into their brain! Double duty! I love things that do double duty, esp. as a homeschooling parent!
Now, sit down and see if you can spell: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious