Handy English Encoder Decoder   -     By: Harvey Bluedorn
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Trivium Pursuit / 2004 / Paperback

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Is it "there," "they're," or "their"? What are the five ways the "j" sound can be spelled? Crack the complex "codes" of English! Featuring more than 60 categorized spelling and over 200 phonics rules; guidelines for dividing words into syllables; commonly confused spellings and word pairs; games; and more, this all-in-one guidebook will help your kids grasp our often-confusing language. 101 pages, softcover from Trivium Pursuit.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 101
Vendor: Trivium Pursuit
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8 X 4.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0974361623
ISBN-13: 9780974361628
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  1. Rachel Starr Thomson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 15, 2006
    Rachel Starr Thomson
    "I before E, except after C, and in words like 'neighbour' and 'weigh.'" How many of us have never been helped out of a grammatical pickle by that old and proven rule? Spelling rules, and their close cousins, phonics rules, can be a real help to those who struggle with spelling. Unfortunately, not every spelling rule is couched in a cute little rhyme, nor have they been easy to find... until now.Harvey Bluedorn has put together a very helpful little book, the "Handy English Encoder Decoder," which collects spelling and phonics rules in one place, arranges them neatly and logically, and gives us all a hand up when it comes to spelling. The book also includes a couple of games, a long list of homophones (words that sound alike but look different), and that most invaluable of spelling lists: "Commonly Confused Spellings and Word Pairs." I look forward to referencing the Encoder Decoder in the upcoming school year. Recommended for homeschool teachers, students, and English geeks like me who just really like to know this stuff, and appreciate any reference book that's small enough to fit in your average purse.- Rachel Starr Thomsonhttp://rachelstarrthomson.blogspot.com
  2. Kris
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 28, 2006
    Kris
    Simple and certainly handy! I wish I had this back in my school days. Almost as useful during the schooling years as your Noah Websters Dictionary, this book clearly walks you through all the spelling and phonics rules you will come across. Written in its clear and precise format, it is quite an aid in teaching the phonics rules to your children, as well as having them seek out the rules for themselves.
  3. Dena
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    October 1, 2005
    Dena
    This little booklet packs a big whallop! Literally hundreds of spelling and phonics rules are easily categorized in this handbook. Commonly confused and misspelled words, homophones, capitalization rules and much, much more are also covered. The wonderful thing about this book is that, while it gives you the answer you need, it is brief and to the point. It's small enough to carry with you or keep right at your desk. It provides a quick and simple answer to your spelling or punctuation quandry. No need to sift through page after page, trying to find what you're looking for. This user-friendly guide puts the answer at your fingertips and is a great resource for any aspiring writer.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Laurie Bluedorn
Located in: New Boston, IL
Submitted: January 05, 2005

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  If you’re working with words, whether in reading or spelling, it doesn’t take long to realize that the English language is full of rules – and rule breakers. Harvey Bluedorn has taken some of the "mystery" out of our language by compiling the Handy English Encoder Decoder – All the Spelling and Phonics Rules You Could Ever Want to Know. Designed to enhance (not replace) your spelling and phonics program, the Handy English Encoder Decoder cracks the "code" of our language and arranges the rules in an easy to access, brief, and orderly format. The book is divided into two sections. The first, the Encoder, covers more than 60 spelling rules and their exceptions and also includes a list of commonly confused spellings and word pairs. The second section, the Decoder, lists over 200 phonics rules listed in alphabetical order for quick reference. Also included in this section are the rules for dividing words into syllables. The Handy English Encoder Decoder also includes an appendix listing some suggested spelling and phonics games, as well as an exhaustive list of homophones (words which are pronounced the same but spelled differently). The Handy English Encoder Decoder is one of those books you will find yourself referring to again and again. Adults and children will both benefit from having this incredibly comprehensive and indeed, "handy" resource at their fingertips!

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