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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Design-A-Study (September 10, 1989)
  • ISBN-10: 1891975005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891975004
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

It is a great, affordable, easy to use resource.
Calming Tea
This book makes it so easy with comprehensive lists by grade level up to 8th grade.
Sproutin' in Southern California
The Natural Speller and Spelling City work together beautifully!
Christine J.

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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Allen on October 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been homeschooling my oldest daughter for five years, and, due to her learning disabilities, we have spent alot, and have tried everything available. Natural Speller was a breakthrough for us. It is a parent/teacher resource book, with the parent/teacher pulling together weekly spelling assignments from the Word Lists in Natural Speller, based upon the child's specific needs and areas of weakness - no need to teach what the child already knows!
I know of several other families in our homeschool circle who have very advanced children, and they are completely satisfied with Natural Speller. It presents the perfect approach, for any child, for any ability level. Natural Speller presents spelling in the context that our words have patterns and rules, and when a child knows these patterns and rules, he can figure out a new word that he has never seen, perhaps never even heard, before.
From the Introduction pages "...Gradually, spelling lessons should progress from patterns used in reading to paterns that will extend a child's vocabulary. Just knowing that 'un' means 'not' adds a multitude of words to a child's reading and spelling vocabulary. Use the list 'Common Affixes and Their Meanings' to help a child's vocabulary grow."
There are many helps and lists...How to Teach Spelling; How to Study a Word (Great ideas!); Basic Word Lists - Grades 1-8; Activities: General Practice, Dictionary Skills, Grammar Skills, Building Vocab., Writing; Special Words Lists: Abbreviations, Calendar Words, Homophones, Irregular Verbs, etc.; Foreign Words; Phonics, Spelling and Writing Rules; Teaching Helps: Practice With Rules, Spelling Charts, Common Affixes and Their Meanings, Letters, etc.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sproutin' in Southern California on April 13, 2011
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One of the greatest advantages of homeschooling is that we can give our kids the spelling words they actually NEED to learn, and skip the ones they don't! This book makes it so easy with comprehensive lists by grade level up to 8th grade.
Here is a technique I have used for years with my kids and it has really helped them to develop good study habits. It takes a little help from a parent to make sure they have the correct spelling, but then they study on thier own and practically teach themselves.

1. Go through the Natural Speller word lists asking your child to spell each word orally. If he begins to spell it wrong, go ahead and stop him right away. Spell the word for him and have him write the word correctly on a blank index card (or half index card to save a little paper). If the child is very young, write the word for him. We call these "focus cards."

2. Have him use the focus cards as flash cards and allow him to study them on his own until he feels ready for a quiz. When he masters a word, draw a star on that card. The mastered card is then called a "star card".

3. He will then have two groups of cards: focus cards and star cards. The focus cards are to be studied daily. The star cards may be reviewed biweekly or once a month to be sure the child has not forgotten the spelling of the previously mastered words.

*Some kids won't need to review star cards at all. Others will need to review them more frequently. It is always a joy for a child to look at a big stack of flash cards that they have mastered! Try using this technique with math facts as well, using times tables, division tables, addition and subtraction tables!
Have Fun!!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Bryce on September 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been using Natural Speller for 4 years with 2 homeschooling children, 11 years and 8 years. I think the book is brilliant. The one caveat I would have is that you have to READ the book thoroughly to understand Kathryn Stout's teaching process. It is not just word lists as other reviewers have maintained. At the end of the list of words appropriate for each age is a list of age-apprpriate spelling activities. In the middle of the book there are heaps of ideas. Older children can just work through the book themselves. It doesn't just attack spelling, but dictionary skills, grammar. If you want to be creative and want to design your own program, but just want some ideas and to make sure you don't miss anything out, this is the program for you. If you want all the curriculum done for you this won't suit.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Donahue on May 30, 2007
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I've had trouble with the homeschool spelling programs offered in the past. This has been an answer to my prayers. The Natural Speller outlines how lessons should be done each day. It has word lists for all levels at a glance. This is a great feature for a mom schooling 4 kids. It has been a tremendous help to me as a teacher. A lot less frustrating than other programs I've used.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christine J. on April 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Natural Speller is a terrific, frugal resource for teaching children spelling.I have four children,whom I homeschool, so price and quality are very important to me. One great way to use this curriculum is to use the Spelling City website, to help your child to review and to learn their spelling words for the week. They then can play games, review words, give tests, etc. without any parental involvement. The Natural Speller and Spelling City work together beautifully!
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