Day 5 of Sequential Spelling, and E is surprising himself!
The way this program works is by building on a sound. If one can spell 'in' then one can spell 'sin'. From there is 'sinning', 'inning', and 'beginning'. Very little pre-teaching, just a quiz every day in which he corrects each word before moving to the next. Each day adds and subtracts words, building and moving forward. Every day a new quiz. No practice, no memorizing. Patterns and definitions. That's all.
I did not teach the 'double the consonant and add ing' rule...the kids are supposed to pick up on the pattern themselves so they can really own it. We had a small argument over not doing that for plural; you can see with 'fins' he really wanted to write 'finnes'.
It was pure pride on his face when we got to 'disagree', a new word. First try, he got it. And 'beginning'. Remember, this is day 5. Five! I do believe it is a success.