Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4 out of 5 by StephanieM Good review of Spelling 5
This is my first experience with BJU Press, as my son and I started the Spelling 5 Subject kit near the end of the school year to fill in some gaps with his spelling skills. On a positive note, the TE is laid out well and is very easy to use. I would say it is almost "open and go." The Student book also contains clear directions and is put together (I feel) in an engaging way, without too much distraction. It is also meeting my son's needs at his end-of-5th grade level. I appreciate the method of Learning to Spell a Word, as it is similar to what we were doing previously.
My negative opinion of this product mostly comes from the CD. Maybe it's my computer, or my lack of knowledge, but I find it extremely difficult to navigate through the files to find what I want. I do not find any of the resources to be very useful, other than an occasional word search or the weekly forms (all of which I could do on my own or use notebook paper). They certainly are not worth the effort to find them, or the ink to print them off. The ultimate frustration has come from the one weekly form used for Learning to Spell a Word. This form is divided into 3 columns for the student to continually practice looking, saying, thinking about, writing, and correcting his spelling words. The chart only has 18 lines, and each week there are 25 words plus 5 review words. I thought the chart would be so helpful in allowing my son to practice his words, but instead, we have to spend time folding a piece of notepaper correctly and heading each column. Finally, I made up my own chart to avoid all the moaning and complaining. Additionally, there are a few places in the book where the student answers and the teacher answers differ, and this has led to some confusion for my son. Thankfully, since this is 5th grade spelling, I can still figure it out:)
My bottom line is that I WOULD recommend this product to a homeschooling mom who is really engaged in the activities and able to help sort out some of the mistakes. It's NOT a product that you could hand to your 5th grader and let him do independently. I would highly recommend purchasing just the books, since the CD is such a pain. And, I would suggest that BJU develop a better editing process to avoid parent frustration. The content and method however, make up for it.
June 30, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by MrsS Very Disappointed
I am very disappointed in the Spelling 2nd edition. The weekly Bible verses are removed. It is totally missing the King's English with Bible references, which I really liked in the original edition. In fact, there is very little even said about the Bible. Are we trying to keep up with the public schools, and an anti-Bible society? I see that the 4th Grade 2nd edition has excluded the books of the Bible, and this 5th Grade edition excluded the names of the states. There is no Word Bank in which to keep track of words the student misses in other subjects. There are 25 words to do each week instead of 20, and they are placed in such random order that it's harder to even see the patterns and sort them in your mind. The work sheets have way more work on them, and are not near as interesting and fun. The very things that influenced me to change to Bob Jones have now been removed.
June 6, 2013