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The Kids’ Club Rule for Spelling

Why is camp spelled with a C instead of a K? And why is kitchen spelled with a K? After all, both words start with the sound of /k/. Is it completely random, or is there a method to this madness? Fortunately, there is—and we call it the Kids’ Club Rule!

This spelling rule is an easy way to figure out when to use C and when to use K at the beginning of a word.

Check out the Kids’ Club Rule in this video and then read on for a sample lesson and a set of free printable spelling rule posters!

Why Do We Call It the Kids’ Club Rule?

The rule states that C says /s/ before E, I, and Y and /k/ before everything else. For the sound of /k/, try using a C first. If that doesn’t spell a real word, use a K.

The words kids and club are great examples of this rule, so we call it the “Kids’ Club Rule.” And after your kids learn this rule, they’ll be part of the club, too!

The Kids' Club Rule poster graphic

Tips and tricks like this one are taught throughout the All About Spelling program. Want to see more? Check out these free resources to see just how easy teaching these spelling rules can be.

download graphic for AAS Level 1 Lesson 16

Download All About Spelling Level 1, Steps 16 and 17.

These Level 1 spelling lessons show how we teach the Kids’ Club Rule—when to use C and when to use K to spell the initial sound of /k/.

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Watch as Linda demonstrates how to teach AAS Level 1, Lesson 16.

This video demonstration from Level 1 shows how we use letter tiles to teach important spelling rules like the Kids’ Club Rule.

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Download our free Spelling Rules Posters.

This handy resource will help make learning three important spelling rules fun and easy to remember for your children.

Has the Kids’ Club Rule helped your child? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! And check out our other spelling rules, too!

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Dianne

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Thank you for your tips and posters, very much appreciated

Robin E.

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You are very welcome, Dianne!

momma

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this site was very helpful

Robin E.

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Thank you!

Reema

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The Kids’ Club Rule has been explained well.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Reema!

Catherine

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Linda certainly had a multisensory experience but what about Oliver? This is not multisensory teaching, more multisensory demonstrating. How are Oliver’s neural pathways being strengthened if he uses only 2 senses; hearing and seeing?

Robin E.

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Great observation, Catherine. Lesson 16 of All About Spelling level 1 introduces the Kids’ Club rule and how to know when to use C or K at the beginning of a word. What the video shows is the beginning part of the lesson when the concept is introduced.

If you look in our All About Spelling level 1 sample, you can see the rest of Lesson 16 and Lesson 17. The next part of Lesson 16 has the teacher build words with the tiles using a blank blue tile for the beginning /k/ sound. The student is then asked to replace the blue tile with the C or the K tile and reminded, if necessary, to try C first and if it doesn’t work, try K. Lesson 16 ends with the student doing written dictation, reviewing previous concepts.

Lesson 17 asks the child to use the tiles to build entire words using the rule just learned. Then the child is asked to spell the words on paper and finally do written dictation of phrases with some words using this rule and some not.

Does this clear it up for you? Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Catherine

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Modelling first is very good practice. I am pleased to hear that subsequent lessons involve the pupil in a more multisensory experience. As a specialist teacher I am always striving to provide a personalized multisensory experience for pupils.

Missandrew

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This is very resourceful thank you

christine

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yes it did thank you

Janette Teodoro

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Could you please make a video from A to Z
Really enjoyed watching! And i learn how to use the c sound!

Kashif

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Very very much thanks sir

Elisa Llamido

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This post was the reason that I started my son on All About Spelling. Despite me bending over backward to help him learn his assigned spelling words in school, his spelling was extremely inconsistent. He knew his phonemes, but he would choose different ways to spell things each time. His teacher was concerned because he would spell the same word three different ways in one paragraph, and all ways would be wrong.
I saw this post, watched the video of Linda demonstrating this lesson, and then purchased AAS level 1. Wow! I can’t believe it, but my son is able to retain the rules and apply them to new words! He still needs continual reminding, but now that he has rules to remember, spelling is no longer the guessing game that it used to be.
We just started level 2 and we love the course. I just recommended that a friend whose daughter is having a very hard time reading check out this and AAR, too!

Merry

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Wow, Elisa, congratulations to you and your son on his progress! That’s wonderful! I’m so glad the concepts are sticking and that he’s really starting to understand. And what a blessing that you can work with him too. Keep up the good work! ⭐

Michelle

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These rules are helping my son with his writing so much , it’s also been a great tool for me to use when explaining things to him

Irma

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I love these resources. Thank you so much.

Meredith

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Do you have a poster for when to use ck vs k?

Robin E.

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Meredith,
No, we don’t have a poster for when to use CK or K, but that is a great idea.

In the meantime, let your students know that that CK is used immediately after a short vowel. Otherwise, use K. Back uses CK because the /k/ sound is right after the short A. Ask uses K because there is an S between the short vowel and the /k/ sound. Bake uses K because the vowel is long.

I hope this helps a little, but let me know if you need anything else.

Kate

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We love this rule! After this lesson in AAS my son went crazy going through all the words he could think of that start with a /k/ sound and then figuring out if they started with C or K. He was almost always correct!

Robin E.

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Kate,
I love that your son took this rule and ran through all the /k/ words he knew! That sort of excitement with learning always warms my heart. 😊

Julia M.

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This is a great idea! Thanks for making a video too.

Andrea

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None of the resources, which look amazing, seem to be downloading. Help

Robin E.

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Andrea,
I’m sorry you are having problems with downloading from our blog. My first recommendation is to try a different browser. For example, if you are using Google Chrome, try Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox. If that doesn’t work, please let me know what browsers you tried and what kind of device (phone, tablet, or computer) you are using. We want our downloads available for everyone!

Jill

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I am going to share this with my son today. Makes things easy!

Amy

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I love this lesson! I have used it with my own children as well as one of my middle school students who has asked for extra support with spelling issues. Thanks for making this available and printable!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Amy! I’m happy to hear this has helped your middle school students too.

Dianne

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The graphics and posters are great for our kids to learn the rules. Thanks for taking the time to create these!

Cute video and poster!

Melissa Shelby

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We love All About Reading!!

Kibbie Ogan

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K goes with I and E, C before the other three, A O U!

Marie Rippel

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That’s a great little jingle, Kibbie! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel Boese

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This is so helpful!

Monica

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Really sounds like we need to try this!

Ms. Brena Clark

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The Kids’ Club Rule has helped my Title 1 students understand the reason why some words starting with the /k/ sound start with a C and some a K. My students really like being able to refer back to the Spelling Rules Posters. Thank you for the free poster downloads.

Laura

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This is such a difficult rule for my son to remember. He is working on learning it now. I love how it is taught in aas!

Carrie

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Can I just say … I love teaching this stuff to my kids because *I* never learned these rules myself! I was naturally a good reader/speller, but never learned the why behind spelling, aside from some basics.

Marie Rippel

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Isn’t it great to learn alongside your kids? Thanks for sharing, Carrie! :)

Julie

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Love learning about these rules! Thanks!

Gabe

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Thanks, love the free printables!

Marlaina

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Had no clue about this rule! I just learned something new! Lol

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