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Natural Speller Paperback – September 10, 1989
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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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was in very good shape, looks wise. But it smelled so bad of mildew that we almost couldn't keep it. We have been airing it out for two weeks. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sheila Constantino
As a single, homeschooling mom, I don't have a lot of time to come up with my own practice exercises. Read morePublished 15 months ago by 1greenmother
Love the simplicity of this book and that I can use it to make my own lessons for my boys or just use as a "checklist".Published 15 months ago by Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms
Not what was expecting, but still quite useful. You do have to do some of your own work with it to prepare for the week with each student. Good book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michelle Spexarth
I found this spelling resource quite by accident, and I absolutely love it. It provides lists of words that, on first view, appear to be rather too easy, but when you think about... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Bev Morris
I have a two sons (2nd & 5th grades), I like that this book covers a range of grades to cover both of my kids.Published on August 22, 2013 by Casie
This book is small (not very thick) and contains a lot of information, however, it became too much work for me. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by NH