Spelling

  • Spelling I have been toying with starting spelling as a separate subject for a while.  I like our phonics for decoding, but I feel encoding needs to be taught also; or at the very least practiced.  I really haven’t found a program I like.  I want/ed to teach spelling by spelling rule / phonics rule.  Some programs I have seen group words ‘by other criteria’ such as vocabulary from a story or all words that end in “th”.  That might be better, I don’t actually know, I am not setting out to make any professional recommendations or comment on the different ways to teach spelling.  Actually, I like the look of Sequential Spelling and reserve the right to switch to that.  Nevertheless I wanted to start with spelling by spelling rule / phonics rule.  I was not happy with what I had found and had pretty much decided to make my own lists (10 to 12 words a week) and I was going to pull word lists from the Explore The Code books that we have finished (book 1 to 3.5).  The books work though the phonics rules one at a time, focusing on one per lesson, I thought I could pull words out for our spelling list that ETC had used (for example a list of words where “oa” makes the long o sound).  Then, ah then, I realized that since we are living in temporary housing (and have moved so many times since Oct of 2012) I have packed up to store all our competed books and do not have access to them, to use them for this great idea.I was talking to a fellow home school mom one night and she suggested I look at the McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book.First publish in 1836.  I discovered that it was available for free on my Kindel Fire so I “bought it”.  “This 1879 revised edition conforms to Webster’s International Dictionary, and associates each lesson with some principle of sound, meaning, or accent”.  Have a bit of history with your spelling, there lad?

    Another home school mom – you have to love the home school community; many hands make light work and there is never any reason to recreate the wheel – had, in the past, turned me on to spellingcity.com where you can create worksheets and activities based on your own spelling lists.  (There is a free version, and a pay version, but the free version allow you to do some stuff).  I had never used it, since we had never done formal spelling, but here, here was an opportunity.  Now I had spelling lists, and a way to create worksheets and activities.

    I took the two ideas – one the start of public education in America, and one from the “modern technology age” and crafted us a spelling curriculum.  I created spelling lists for us; following roughly the order of the McGruffy Speller, and using most (though not all) of the words in the Speller’s lists.  I also found http://www.k12reader.com/first-grade-spelling-words/ where you can download graded levels spelling lists; again I cherry picked the lists, or part of lists that met our needs.

    I happily stole the first home schools mom’s idea and did the first spelling list on “math” words (see below) because these words are practical and functional.  I know, that cries out against my “not wanting to group words by subject rather than spelling rule” logic.  However I felt that ‘math words’ were necessary for word problems and so on as we move forward with math, so I made an exception.  I made five lists of math related words that I felt Big Brother should be exposed to assist in him more independently doing his math work.  However, I did not do them one a week for five weeks; I felt that was a bit much, so I mixed them in with the other “more traditional spelling rules” lists.  I plan to make more “exception lists” as we go on and they become an obvious need.  As he learns to read better, I want to be sure Big Brother has the tools he needs to be able to work more and more independently.

    After creating the math related lists, I started over at short vowels sounds and went, week by week, vowel by vowel; after that a couple of weeks of “mixed” lists where all the vowels were still short, but all five main vowels were represented on the list together.  Then we moved on to “silent e” words and did a few weeks on that concept.  After that, lists based off different spelling rules (such as ‘oa’ = long o like in boat).  By the end of the first night, sitting with my McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book and brainstorming “math related words” with my fellow home schooling mom, I had 21 lists; not all of them had 10 words yet, but I had a plan; and over 5 months of spelling lists.  I love a good plan.

    In case you are interested here are the spelling lists I have so far, note that do not all have ten words yet, I will be filling them in before I use them.  Next week will be week three for us, and we will be doing short U; week four we will do another ‘math list’.

    One

    Two

    Three

    Four

    Five

    Six

    seven

    Eight

    Nine

    Ten

    Sum

    Add

    Take

    Away

    Plus

    Minus

    Total

    Equal

    Less

    More

    Twenty

    Thirty

    Forty

    Fifty

    Sixty

    Seventy

    Eighty

    Ninety

    Hundred

    Number

    Time

    Day

    Hour

    Second

    Year

    Month

    Penny

    Dime

    Nickel

    Dollar

    Half

    Third

    Quarter

    Foot

    Cup

    Pint

    Mile

    Yard

    Inch

    Week

    Gap

    Mad

    Lag

    Jam

    Bag

    Talk

    Lark

    Dark

    Bed

    Den

    Tent

    Led

    Men

    Beg

    Bell

    Hen

    Met

    Jest

    Rib

    Sin

    Lid

    Rig

    Fix

    Hip

    Pig

    Fib

    Did

    Lick

    Cob

    Box

    Job

    Jot

    Rod

    Pot

    God

    Top

    Not

    Jot

    Rut

    Dust

    Cub

    Must

    Rub

    Tub

    Tug

    Sun

    Slub

    Cut

    Date

    Same

    Cage

    Late

    Lace

    Bane

    Dame

    Page

    Mate

    Wake

    Crab

    Pen

    Fit

    Hot

    Hum

    Brag

    Wet

    Mix

    Rot

    Hut

    Chip

    Grab

    Blot

    Spot

    Bent

    Bulk

    Frog

    Gift

    West

    Hush

    Fire

    Like

    Hide

    Wife

    Code

    Bane

    Hope

    Vote

    Cube

    Duke

    Pure

    Cure

    Came

    Cape

    Kite

    Care

    Bade

    Mate

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  1. Carolyn

    Had to chuckle…. there’s a misspelled word on your spelling list… “seven” is misspelled. AND I have a question: do home school moms have school all year long, or do you take the summers off like public schools? You do a good job, Aimee.

  2. i corrected the misspelling. we school all summer, because, basically, i still have all day to fill so we might as well fill 2 or 3 hours with school. 🙂 We skip any day we need to or want to (we will be skipping tomorrow to go with Dad on a 3 day weekend; we will skip a whole week to travel in July). on a routine day, we are here, we have to fill the time, might as well school. 🙂 Also i do not want them to fall behind; or lose ground, and beyond that we have stuff to finish. 🙂

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