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Sequential Spelling Sample
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Don't just take AVKO's word for it:
Try the Sequential Spelling approach on your students.

Why is Sequential Spelling so effective?  See our new graphic (above) explaining some of its popular features.

Download the full sample of Sequential Spelling 1, which includes the entire script for the first 8 lessons and more complete instructions than those below. 

Follow these directions carefully:

  1. Ask your class to spell: beginning. Let's start at the beginning. beginning.
    Tell your students that all they have to do is put down some of the letters they think might be in the word beginning. Collect the papers. You will want to compare any misspellings with the spellings you will get on the 5th and 6th days.
  2. Give the following tests on separate but consecutive class days. You say the word. Use it in a sentence. Give the word again. Every student must at least attempt to spell the word.
  3. After each student has tried and before going to the next word, give the correct spelling. Let each student correct his own paper.
1st day
1. in
2. pin
3. sin
4. spin
2nd day
1. in
2. pins
3. sins
4. spins
5. kin
6. skin
7. win
8. twin
3rd day
1. thin
2. pinned
3. sinned
4. an inn
5. shin
6. skins
7. wins
8. twins
9. be
10. begin
11. chin
4th day


1. thins
2. pinning
3. sinning
4. spinning
5. shins
6. skinned
7. winning
8. inner
9. be
10. begins
11. chins
5th day


1. thinned
2. thinner
3. sinner
4. spinner
5. fins
6. Mr.Skinner
7. winner
8. be
9. inning
10. beginning
11. chinned
6th day
1. thinning
2. thinnest
3. sinners
4. spinners
5. tin
6. Mr. Skinner's
7. winners
8. bee
9. innings
10. beginnings
11. chinning
7th day
1. thin
2. in
3. inn
4. spin
5. tins
6. skin
7. winning
8. bee
9. inner
10. beginner
11. shin
8th day
1. thinner
2. ins
3. inns
4. spinning
5. tin
6. skins
7. winner
8. be
9. being
10. beginners
11. shins

Nearly every student, no matter what grade or how badly learning disabled, will learn to read, write, and spell the word beginning.  Note: Even the very gifted students can increase their vocabulary because this program uses many words to teach a few simple patterns. 

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