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In case you haven’t read the previous posts (yet), I have to say that we are loving this program. Last August (2009), R and D started off in Level 1. For a while, they kept pace with each other when it came to progress. But, after a while, D slowed down a little so that R is now several lessons ahead.
Both boys are now into Level 3 and continuing to move at a good pace. We typically cover 2 lessons in a week, although some weeks only one is finished. Level 3 has them working on concepts with some word practice. However, each level has sentences to be dictated to the student for writing. The boys are getting more exposure to honing listening skills as they are expected to only have the sentence read to them once. Sometimes they skip telling it back to me and then realize half way through writing that they’ve forgotten the rest. Or, when I look at the sentence, I’ll see that they forgot a word or changed it for another one. It’s a skill that I figure will take a bit more time to develop, but should serve them well in the future.
They say that the proof is in the pudding. In this case, I can say that R tested at 2nd grade level last April on Let’s Go Learn, an online site focused on reading that we have access to through our charter school. When he retook the assessment at the end of September, he was up at a 3rd grade level. Considering that’s only 5 months AND we were not doing schoolwork from late May until mid-August, I think that’s a significant improvement. I’ll probably have him do the assessment again in January to see if he’s experienced another big jump in spelling ability.