My daughter has started a new spelling program. After a couple of false starts with a different curriculum we tried 8 sample lessons from Sequential Spelling 1 from AVKO and the results were good.
The AVKO approach doesn't use conventional tests. There are spelling lists, true, but when you read out a word and your child writes it you also read out the proper spelling so the child can see and correct their mistakes immediately. Not only that but the word lists make sense. The sample lessons are built around the sound 'in' and Catherine progressed from 'pin' to 'beginnings' in the space of 8 days. There's a real sense of building true skills rather than simply memorizing lists of words.
I received my pdf copy of Sequential Spelling today so we'll be trying the first list as soon as Catherine gets home from a friend's house. Based on the success with had with the sample however, this one looks like a winner.