Sequential Spelling is based on the classic Orton-Gillingham approach of multi-sensory instruction. Rather than teaching lists of thematic words, Sequential Spelling teaches spelling word families (e.g. consonant + eg family….Leg, Peg, Beg). This enables the child to learn spelling inductively, the exact same way they learned to speak and to walk. This form of instruction is especially effective for children who struggle with rules, have attention challenges or are dyslexic because the letters are learned in sound context rather than through rote memorization.
The program consists of seven levels each building on the previous level. The volume numbers do not correspond to a grade level. Everyone should start with Volume 1. It may be easy at first, but it gets much harder quickly. A reading or spelling ability of about 2nd grade is necessary to use Sequential Spelling effectively.