They like Megawords (Nick's Mama recommends!), Sequential Spelling,* All About Spelling (Orton Gillingham approach) and Apples and Pears.
department of oldies but goodies (you may need to hit refresh a couple of times)
On being your child's frontal lobes 5-3-2005
Great Moments in World History 5.14.2005
How to Spell 6-14-2005
How to Spell, part 2: Spelling Inquiry 6-14-2005
Megawords saves a reader? 6-14-2005
Speaking of Megawords, C. is finishing Book 6 this summer.
When he started Book 1, C's spelling was psychotic. That was the word that used to pop into my head whenever I caught sight of his spelling: 'psychotic.'
Today he can spell.
He can also pronounce unfamiliar words phonetically. A couple of days ago a copy of the Barron's guide to colleges arrived, and C. started reading the Most Competitive list out loud. He was getting towards the end of the B's when he said, "bou - doin."
Pronouncing Bowdoin "bou-din" when you've never seen the word before probably doesn't sound like much, but the fact is: in 5th grade C. could not pronounce a two- or three-syllable nonsense word phonetically. A single-syllable nonsense word: yes. Two syllables: no.
He was two years above grade level in reading, and suddenly, at the beginning of 5th grade, he stopped reading. We didn't know why and neither did he. He just seemed to lose interest.
Not long after he started the Megawords program, he began reading again and hasn't stopped since. I have to think that wasn't a coincidence.
Don Potter's Education Page
* Ken's post on spelling, with comments about various programs including Sequential Spelling