Does this sound familiar? If so, this series of blog posts is for you!
I know all too well that spelling is not always easy.
My son struggled terribly with spelling. It was out of the gut-wrenching difficulty of our experience that I developed All About Spelling with the goal of helping my son find success in spelling and reading.
And in the process, I discovered something that might surprise you.
In this series of six blog posts, I’d like to take you on a guided tour of All About Spelling and the elements that set it apart from other spelling programs.
It’s these elements that make spelling easy to learn and easy to teach.
Children learn best when they have the opportunity to interact with the world around them. When they are able to employ their senses—sight, sound, and touch—learning takes on a whole new level of potential. When you use multisensory instruction that engages the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic pathways to a child’s brain, you provide him with greater potential for success than could ever be reached with traditional teaching methods. (Read more…)
“When Mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy!” This adage is even true in the area of spelling curriculum! When curriculum is hard for the teacher, it’s usually hard for the student, too. And that doesn’t make anyone happy. Scripted, easy-to-teach, “open-and-go” lessons are exactly what busy homeschool parents need to help make spelling easy for teachers and students. (Read more…)
The Orton-Gillingham approach helps take the mystery out of spelling by focusing on why words are spelled the way they are. Though the English language contains just 26 letters, these letters combine to create 44 speech sounds, and there are over 250 ways to spell those sounds. But the Orton-Gillingham approach condenses the spelling of these sounds into phonograms and demystifies spelling by teaching students to apply rules and generalizations that help make what was once difficult much easier! (Read more…)
The goal of learning is mastery—long-term learning that “sticks”. But unless consistent review of previously taught skills is a regular part of your daily instruction, short-term learning is usually the result. Short-term learning often sets in motion a cycle of frustration as a student is forced to continually relearn old, forgotten skills. Mastery-based curriculum helps make spelling easy by making consistent daily review a priority. (Read more…)
Despite what you may have come to believe about the difficulties of the English language, English does conform to predictable patterns, and more importantly, these patterns can be taught to your child. There is a better—and more logical—way to learn to spell than by rote memorization of lists of unrelated words. Why make spelling more confusing than it has to be? Teach kids the patterns and rules of English and make spelling logical. (Read more…)
Teaching a child to spell is not a “one size fits all” proposition and it should not be taught as such. In order to make spelling easier for your child, consider what makes him different. Does he have special learning challenges? Does he have a limited attention span? Does he need more review to help concepts “stick”? Curriculum that enables you to individualize instruction according to your child’s specific needs makes spelling easier—for everyone. (Read more…)
In this series of blog posts I have provided a closer look at how All About Spelling incorporates all six of these elements to make your life easier—and to help your child really shine. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about teaching spelling. I’m here to help!
Which has been your easiest subject to teach? Which has been the hardest?