Spelling

People hunt for the “perfect” spelling curriculum.  I don’t believe there is one.  Some kids are born with the spelling gene and spell all words correctly without ever needing to study; others are less fortunate and misspell every-other-word in a sentence even after studying for years. For those with the spelling gene, it doesn’t matter what curriculum you use because they’ll always be able to spell the words.  For those without the spelling gene, it doesn’t matter what curriculum you use because they won’t be able to spell anything until they decide that they want to learn.

That said, once spelling becomes the child’s problem instead of the parent’s, and the child wants to learn to spell, there are a few materials out there that are better than others.

We are currently using Sequential Spelling and like it very much.  The kids are learning, and it is easy to implement.  There is no prep-work involved.  It works both for my kids with the spelling gene and for my kids without the spelling gene.

If you are using Writing Road to Reading as your beginning reading curriculum, it should also be used for spelling.

We have Natural Speller, but it is not as easy to implement.  I do not like Spelling Power, but a couple of my kids like it; when we complete all of the Sequential Spelling books, we’ll probably return to Spelling Power.  You can also try The ABCs and All Their Tricks (I found a copy in the public library).

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