We did a little bit of work in the workbook. Not a whole lot of work as my lad IMMEDIATELY started to stress out about it, so I did what I do and I backed off, I know he'll learn the material, we'll just do it differently. :)
So what we do is take four cards... spellings rules, phonograms, grammar and morphemes. Each week four cards that we read over and discuss. We'll talk about other words that sound the same, we do a spelling list based on the words written on the cards, we talk about how many words come from Latin and if you understand the BASE of a word, it helps you know how to spell it better If you sound out a word into it's parts and figure out what part you know how to spell.. before you know it you can spell the rest of the word if you understand the basic rules of how the parts fit together.
I do have to tell you about a part of the program that was a hit. AND I didn't expect it to be. The Essential reader. Drawing pictures, reading poems, making up silly quips, reading lists of words and listening to the sounds, breaking words into parts. This reader worked and I was amazed! Doing the cursive led my son to ask "mom, can you get me more capital letter cursive to do? I don't really understand those ones yet."
I would now like to point out a couple of helpful products that are included.
This double sided quick reference chart spelling analysis card. A good way for my lad to remember how to work his way through an unknown word. (good for his mom too)
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