In a parent conference, one parent who has a highly academic child wanted to find some way to challenge her child in spelling. I use scholastic spelling, and try to incorporate as much as I can into writing etc. I have several parents that like the curriculum we use, and explained how helpful it's been to their child. Well, this other parent asked me bluntly, "Why is your spelling program so lousy." In my head, I answered "wow, now I know why you child lacks tact!" Anyway, I explained the purpose of our spelling, and how it's been well received this year, but that I understood her child could handle more of a challenge. Does anyone have any tips on how I can challenge this child with the spelling words without bogging him down with more work? I told her the last thing I wanted to do to her son was to "grant" him more work because he's a bright student (plus he is completely unmotivated to DO work). She said he will randomly look up word origins of words he finds interesting...maybe something along those lines?