RULES for SPELLING
(English base words)
Rules for spelling and rules for reading are 2 different things and should never be taught as one in the same. With that being said, we do want to show children how they relate by making a habit of coding & reading (really reading) what we spell.
Spelling rules are about 93-98% reliable. If these rules give children the probability of being correct almost every time, shouldn’t this be something we teach them? The bonus is.....you will see dramatic improvement in reading, as well! I have also added HELPFUL HINTS to each card to give possible suggestions for and help you point out exceptions.
SPELLING DECK is the most important multi-sensory activity you can add to your DAILY ROUTINE!! Once you have taught a sound/spelling, it should be added to your daily spelling deck/dictation routine. This creates automaticity with spelling AND the task of writing/developing those fine motor skills! It builds STAMINA! Children need to be fluent writers just like they need to be fluent readers. Being fluent with basic spelling & writing skills frees the mind to think about the content of their writing vs. the spelling and/or formation of their letters. It also develops the strategies they need for spelling “WOW” words like “Yorkshire Terrier” and not defaulting to using the easier word “dog” because they do not know how to spell “Yorkshire Terrier”.
Children with a well-developed vocabulary should have the ability
and strategies needed to show it in their written word.