Everything necessary for spelling instruction for grades 1-8 is included in this book. Basic word lists are given for each grade with words containing similar patterns grouped together. Special word lists (e.g., calendar words, contractions, measurements, homophones, latin roots)) are also provided. Kathryn Stout strongly advocates keeping separate those words with similar sounds which are formed by different letter combinations (e.g., though, bow, sole). Lessons can be developed from the word lists or with words of your own choosing. Instructions are provided for teaching spelling and for studying words. (This is not a student text but a parent/teacher resource book.) Spelling rules are provided with charts that include suffixes and prefixes along with phonic and writing rules. -- Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual by Cathy Duffy
If you use a book at all, use an all-in-one book rather than a grade by grade series. One example is the NATURAL SPELLER by Kathryn Stout. -- Dr. Beechick's Homeschool Answer Book by Ruth Beechick
About the Author
An honors graduate of the University of Delaware, Kathryn Stout holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. during her eight years in public schools, she taught, tested, and developed programs for students who did not respond to ordinary strategies. She has fourteen years of homeschooling experience and serves as a consultant to homeschooling families.