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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/.

video preview of teaching kids club rule

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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Amanda

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Thanks for the free spelling rule tips!

Robin

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You’re welcome, Amanda!

Melissa

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Love these posters! They are so helpful for my little one and a huge help for me in teaching him. Thank you!

Robin

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Glad to hear these are helpful for both you little on and for you, Melissa! You’re welcome.

Bev

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Thank you for the posters.

Robin

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You’re welcome, Bev.

Bev

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Thank you for the posters. My reader really needs them.

Jessica Staubs

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All the spelling rules and tips have given me that extra boost to help ensure my kids have the best tools to be great spellers… and readers! Thank you

Robin

says: Customer Service

Wonderful, Jessica! You’re welcome.

Mary Dustin

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This is helpful! Thank you!

Sabrina Cody

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Helpful video & post!

Robin

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Thanks, Sabrina!

Nikki Leck

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I need to work on this with my 4th grader!

Robin

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I hope you find this helpful for your 4th grader, Nikki!

Jane Cannon

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I was listening to a podcast the other day and a teacher asked, “how do I know when to use C or K or CK?” and I thought, I know the rule for that!” Thanks for helping.

Robin

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You’re welcome, Jane! Sounds like an interesting podcast.

Sharon Steinherz

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Good for kids who will pay attention and not get distracted while wat

Robin

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Thank you.

Kayla A

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Hanging this on our wall! Thank you!

Robin

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You’re welcome, Kayla!

Naveen

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I am 24 years old and I am a little ok with reading and writing skills are very poor so I don’t have confidence whenever anyone tells me to write anything because of thinking of spelling mistakes. how can I solve my problem also I don’t know were I need to start or how to start. Can you help me

Robin

says: Customer Service

Naveen,
The All About Spelling program might be a good option if you have a tutor or friend who can help you. There are adults who are helped by the program, and a friend would be able to help you through each lesson. It is not designed to be used independently, however.

You would start at All About Spelling Level 1 but will move quickly through the first couple of levels. OUr Using All About Spelling with Older Students blog post will help your friend to know how to fast-track through the lower levels.

VP

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Helpful info, and a great video. Thank you for the posters!

Robin

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You’re welcome! Glad this is helpful.

Cindy

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This info is so helpful. And thank you for the spelling posters!

Robin

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You’re welcome, Cindy! I’m glad it’s helpful.

Heather Hanks

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This method of teaching is very engaging.

Robin

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Thank you, Heather.

Joy

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I love watching these informative videos with my kids. It makes learning more fun for them and gives me a mini break. Thank you for making spelling rules so easy to understand.

Robin

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Thank you for letting us know that you and your kids enjoy these videos, Joy!

Justina

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I can’t wait to do this with my kids! They will love it!

Kaylie Hamby

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My two boys will love this! Thank you! The posters are too cute.

Robin

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You’re welcome, Kaylie!

Linda

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this is so great! looking forward to using all of this in our homeshool

Jade

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I wish I had learned all of these rules when I was first learning to read! I got by but would love for my kids to have a better understanding as they learn to read and spell!

Robin

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One of the joys of teaching your children, Jade, is learning with them!

Veronica

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Great video! It will be good to show my daughter the video to reinforce the rule.

Kristin

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This is a wonderful curriculum! I wish I had this when I was younger.

Kristin

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This is a wonderful curriculum!

Christina

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My daughter is going to love this!

Amanda

says:

What a cute way to remember! My sons are going to love the raccoon poster!

S W

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Wish I was taught all these different rules! Looking forward to getting my little spellers on the right track!

Robin

says: Customer Service

I think many of us wish were were taught all the reliable rules of English! But you can enjoy learning them along with your students now.

Jess

says:

such a great program

Kayleigh

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I have 5 year old twins and we are working though level 1. We absolutely love it! It’s easy to use and the kids have excelled in reading already. Thank you for such a great curriculum!

Robin

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Kayleigh! It’s great to hear that Level 1 is working out so well for you and your twins!

Rachel

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Love the kids club rule. Wish they had taught it when I was in school!

Robin

says: Customer Service

It is a great rule, Rachel!

Kristin

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We love this curriculum. It has been amazing for my dyslexic son who needs every rule to be broken down. It has actually also helped my husband understand some things that always frustrated him when he was learning to read.

Robin

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Thank you for sharing this, Kristin. Great to hear that both your son and your husband are being helped!