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Natural Speller Paperback – September 10, 1989
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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.
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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!
I love it.