Do not try to match the student’s reading level to an equivalent spelling level. Students must master each developmental stage of spelling before advancing to the next. Research has not established a correlation between reading achievement and spelling ability. No one can “skip” stages in spelling.
Unsure where to start your child? Here's an easy guide:
Start with Level A if your student is a beginning reader who is learning letter names and sounds and can hold a pencil properly when writing.
Start with Level B if your student prints easily with lowercase letters and knows most sounds, including long and short vowels.
Start with Level C if your student knows all letter sounds, spells many common words correctly, and is becoming comfortable with reading.
Start with Level D if your student is a proficient reader with gradually improving spelling skills.
Start with Level E if your student is able to spell many common words confidently but may not be ready for the more advanced content of the next level.
Start with Level F if your student is nearing the end of the Skill Development stage. It provides skill review and an introduction to the next two stages of spelling.
Start with Level G if your student is ready for the Word Extension stage of spelling. The student should be able to follow written directions and work independently.