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Sequential Spelling is the spelling program where students learn to spell difficult words quickly without ever needing to study.   All of the patterns of the English language are covered in 7 school years with only 15 minutes per day.  Sequential Spelling is great for schools as well as homeschoolers.  The 7 levels are not based on grade level of individual words.  Almost all students should start with Level 1Use our rough pre-test for Sequential Spelling (PDF) and see the Scope and Sequence of Sequential Spelling levels to determine more specifically where your student should begin if not at level 1.  The sequences are based on building from easy words to advanced words as from all, tall, stall, install, installment, installation.   See AVKO's videos for more information on how and why Sequential Spelling works where other methods fail. 

The 7 Levels of Sequential Spelling

Sequential Spelling on DVD
Levels 1-5 available now!

Adults, independent learners, and advanced students can use the DVDs with great success.  Some students require periodic "spot checking" to review certain patterns or cover the tricky words included. 
Learn more about Sequential Spelling on DVD.

Nearly every teacher has some students who need one-to-one help in spelling.  This is designed for those parents and educators to help their children/students who are not succeeding with the standard themed list approach.

Many homeschoolers complete all seven levels at a much faster rate.  As there are twice as many days in a regular year (2x180=360) with an extra five (for good behavior), two levels can be completed with just one ten-minute lesson every day, Monday through Sunday.  Two ten-minute lessons a day, every day, one in the morning and one in late afternoon, will get you through 4 levels in one year. 

What Makes AVKO’s Sequential Spelling Program Different:

Traditional Spelling Program

  1. Gives the child a list of words to study (and he forgets them after the test at the end of the week).
  2. Tests the child on individual words.
  3. The tests are corrected by the teacher/parent with the looming red ink pen—after the tests are done.
  4. The rules of the English language are presented in dry, hard-to-understand ways outside of the spelling program.
  5. The overall emphasis is on a grade for one week over one set of words.
  6. The emphasis is on a theme of words (colors).
  7. The sequencing of the words may be due to introduction of words into the curriculum, instead of the relative difficulty.
  8. There may be a guilt reaction when the child studies but doesn’t do well on the test on Friday.

Sequential Spelling

  1. The child doesn’t study anything (he remembers the patterns used to spell the words—even after the test).
  2. Tests the child on patterns of the English language.
  3. The child corrects his own paper as he is taking the test immediately.
  4. The rules of the English language are embedded in the program, without lengthy explanations.
  5. The emphasis is on learning the patterns of spelling for mastery of the language.
  6. The emphasis is on the meanings of the words (root words, suffixes).
  7. The sequencing of the words is based on research and the building of English words from the root word to expanded forms.
  8. The child builds confidence when he can spell words he has never seen before without studying.

Download the Brochure Explaining How Sequential Spelling is Different (PDF)

AVKO does not present "rules" in its Sequential Spelling and other spelling materials. Instead, the "rules" are embedded in the program so that the children can pick them up automatically. AVKO does have materials available for parents and teachers to be able to teach the rules if they so desire.  Please see the following materials:

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