Instead of trying to memorize words letter by letter, your children can become "natural" spellers by learning to recognize sight and sound patterns in vocabulary. This program allows you to customize a curriculum for grades 1 to 8 that teaches commonly misspelled words, Latin and Greek word parts, abbreviations, contractions, homophones, numbers, and more at a pace that's suited to your students. 92 pages, softcover from Design-A-Study.
Natural Speller exceeded all my expectations. I have used this curriculum for my nine children for the last 19 years. I love that you can tailor it to each child's aptitude and ability. Pre-tests ensure that you start at the right place. All you need is this book and a notebook of some sort. Natural Speller is one of my "best purchases" :)
August 27, 2013
For a child who likes to discover the rules
This is a very versatile program that can be used to develop dictionary skills along with spelling. The approach is the systematic use of words which follow the same rules and make the same sounds. For example, one list your child might study would consist of words that made the long "oh" sound by using the "oa" combinations. The list would include words like oat, boat, coat, float, goat.
After a pretest, any words your child misses can become their spelling words. They can use the spelling words for dictionary practice, finding the meaning of unfamiliar words, noting the syllable breaks and learning phonetic notation. The program also suggests activities with compound words, prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek roots, grammar and alphabetizing.
Natural Speller is very flexible. We did not do every activity every week. I could pick and choose to what to use for variety and the spelling lessons could be made short. I believe this program helped my child do extremely well on his yearly standardized tests.
October 27, 2010
Yes this is a good book to use it helps you make lesson plans for spelling and it has more than on grade in it. You can use it by itself or add it to another product.
September 26, 2010
I am not sure that this book offers more information or ideas than what I have read in the past. It may however be the only resource that has all the information in one place. Spelling is always hard for me to fit into our daily routine and I don't know what would help me accomplish that. I don't blame this book but it hasn't really changed our problem. We will keep trying to accomplish this task.
September 3, 2010