What do you all do for spelling? I need 3rd grade.

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What do you all do for spelling? I need 3rd grade.

Postby ilovemy2bunnies » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:00 am

What does every one do for spelling?

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Re: What do you all do for spelling? I need 3rd grade.

Postby Ramona » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:28 am

I start spelling in grade 2. I use very simple, obvious words like dog and cat for the first lesson, to teach them what spelling is and how to do it. Then I use vocab words from their readers in grades 2 and 3.

Grade 4 I use an old Macmillan spelling book published in 1983 that I was given as a gift.

Grades 5-8 we do the National Spelling Bee, using their word book, Spell It! as well as the old ones, Paideia and Words of the Champions. We also use their website http://www.spellingbee.com/ including the weekly lessons that start sometime in September.

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Postby momo3boys » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:44 am

I use the www.spellingtime.com site and I customize the lessons using McGuffey's spelling book that you can get online for free.
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Postby ilovemy2bunnies » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:56 am

Thanks....I was not sure where to get words but he really needs help with this.

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Postby ncmom » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:14 pm

I use Abeka because I like the phonics, even the spelling lists are done by phonics at first. Spelling for us starts in the first grade. Then in the older grades it is still done in a theme type list. I prefer this rather than just taking it out of the reading like the PS do. The books I use are set up more like they were when I was in school. I also have some software that I use sometimes but we normally don't need it.

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Postby frogguruami » Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:48 pm

We don't do spelling anymore. We do journal entries and corect spelling as we go.

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Postby Theodore » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:50 pm

Reading and writing help more than formal spelling instruction, imho.

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Re: What do you all do for spelling? I need 3rd grade.

Postby elliemaejune » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:22 pm

ilovemy2bunnies wrote:What does every one do for spelling?

For a traditional spelling series, I like Spelling by Sound and Structure (Rod and Staff Publishers), which begins in 2nd grade.

The most comprehensive reading/spelling method, IMHO, is Spalding; its manual is the Writing Road to Reading.

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Postby iamnettie » Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:53 am

For the past two years we have used AOP's lifepac for Language Arts (which included spelling). This year we are using Spelling Basics by Christian Liberty Press.

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Postby April in SC » Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:49 pm

This year we will be trying out Spellwell for 3rd grade.

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Try spellingcity.com

Postby sandyc » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:16 pm

Check out the free and wonderful spellingcity.com
I love this. You can use their lists or put in your own, print out work sheets, play lots of games, take tests, etc.

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Postby Jazzy » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:11 am

We just started using Rod and Staff spelling, and we love it. My son enjoys the lessons and the program is very easy to use. We're on the 3rd grade book, and he can do most of the exercises himself. Sometimes he needs a little help with the directions.

I recently heard about Spelling City, and it really is a great resource. I just type in the words and my son uses the website to play games as practice or take a pre-test. It is a really neat, and best of all - free, resource.


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Postby JoshCHS » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:27 pm

What are your impressions of Christian Liberty spelling?
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We like the BJUP spelling for younger grades.

Postby sandyc » Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:13 am

We like the BJUP spelling for younger grades. I like that they'll have a lot of rhyming words. E.g., jump, bump, stump, lift, sift, gift, drift. My son remembers the phonetic spelling easier when there are so many words with the same sound. It's a little like Sequential Spelling.

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Postby lovetobehome » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:20 am

We use Spelling Power, a program for K-adult. It has worked so well for us.

It teaches spelling rules, dictionary skills, writing, vocabulary and grammar activities. Each day's activities takes 15 minutes. Five minutes to test review words, add new words, write sentences and do a fun/creative activity that reinforces the word.

My daughter loves the creativity of the program and it has worked well to retain the spellings long term.

I love it because you're not spending a week on a word your child already knows and understands how to use! :)

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