Need a spelling and word study program that makes sense?
Want your students to learn sight words other than by rote memorization?
Feel like giving your reading program a boost?
Craving something simple that’s print and go for the year?
Looking for something that’s research-based?
Spelling That Makes Sense word study program does ALL of that and MORE!
1. Comprehensive list of ALL spelling patterns K-5th (so you will know what spelling skills your students should know when they come to your grade level and what they will be asked to learn next year)
2. 44 Sounds for Spelling –This is critical to understanding HOW to spell because we don’t read and write letters; we read and write sounds.
3. Sounds and Symbols explained – Beginning in Kindergarten students are taught that letters have a name AND a sound.
4. Phonological Awareness Developmental Levels – Phonological awareness deficits are the number one reason students misspell. Use this tool to help you know what to expect from students at each grade.
5. Phonological Awareness Screening Tool – For a more in-depth look at a student’s phonological awareness, give them this quick screening tool
6. Phonological Awareness activities for any book at every level of phonological awareness
7. Research Handout with quick plenty of data to support your efforts!
8. Matching Game – This is the best way to improve a student’s visual imagery for words
9. Classroom Word Chart – one of THE BEST ways to introduce your student’s to words
10. Explanations in a “poster” type format for several of the orthographic rules taught throughout the K-5th program (even if your grade level doesn’t include the pattern!)
a. Name vs. Sound Rule
b. C/G Train Rule
c. Magic E Explained
d. “i before e” – a better explanation
e. Doubling Rule
f. Syllable Rules
g. When to drop the “e” when adding a suffix
h. Explanation of “Vowel Teams”/Two Vowels Go Walking Rule
i. Plural and Past Tense spelling explained
j. The Floss Rule
11. Four “Fouls” and Four “Fixes” of Word Study
12. Word Sorts – ideas for a variety of different ways to do word sorts (in K5 this is GREAT to do with picture cards!)
13. Kindergarten Phonemic and Phonological Awareness Curriculum – can be broken up by day, week or any combination you prefer
14. Monster Pictures and explanation (taking kids from speech to discovering the connection between sounds and letters)
15. Kindergarten “Stop” Words and explanation
16. Kindergarten Songs and Finger-plays (as noted in curriculum)
The most recent research in spelling has found that kids misspell based for three primary reasons: weak phonological awareness, poor visual imagery for words and scant knowledge of orthographic patterns. The Spelling That Makes Sense word study program teaches those three skills PLUS vocabulary and morphology (grammatical word endings, prefixes, suffixes, roots and stems). It is THE MOST comprehensive word study program available because it doesn’t focus on only one grade level, but how these skills develop over grades K-5th in order to ensure proficiency by the time students leave elementary school. While the word lists themselves make a tremendous difference in student learning, it’s the “how” of this program that is the miracle!
How is Spelling That Makes Sense different from other spelling or word study programs?
• The use of Fry's 1,000 sight words integrated throughout K-5th grade and WITHIN a pattern-based list (not separate words tacked on to the weekly list) which means that teachers do not have to teach two different sets of words.
• While some programs use a systematic approach with a few patterns, none are as comprehensive and integrated as Spelling That Makes Sense which targets the skills necessary for establishing a good foundation for reading AND spelling. This program also follows the developmental continuum for normal language development; not a stage based approach where some word skills (such as plural –s or past tense –ed) aren't learned until much later even though students have been speaking and reading them for quite some time!
• Spelling That Makes Sense is based on a solid foundation of current research. It was also created by teachers for teachers who understand the complexities and constraints of life in the classroom!
* Quite simply, Spelling That Makes Sense lives up to its name... its logical and it just plain makes sense.