We haven't even started the school year yet and I'm already on the fence about spelling! My Father's World suggests using Spelling by Sound and Structure for 2nd grade and Spelling Power from 3rd grade on. I'm considering getting the 2nd grade suggestion but Spelling Power is not a good fit for us. We've been using Sequential Spelling and like it. But, it doesn't go into phonetic spelling. But, does that matter? Some say it does, others say it doesn't. Personally, I think it's a matter of preference and whatever suits the child's learning style best. There's no right or wrong, in my opinion.
But, that doesn't help me decide. I'm definitely using the McGuffey Readers this year and the parent guide recommends also using The ABCs and All Their Tricks which can also be used for spelling. I read that teaching phonetic spelling will strengthen reading skills. Oooooh, that sounds wonderful!
But, sometimes my girls like to do spelling worksheets. This is why I'm considering Spelling by Sound and Structure for both of them.
So, this is just one example of what goes through a homeschooling mother's head. What to do?