Category Archives: Spelling

Spelling and Writing Tip

The single most helpful thing for learning to spell is to read — to read LOTS and lots of books.  Seriously.  Reading well-written literature is more beneficial to language development (writing, spelling, grammar, etc.) than any language curriculum you’ll ever use with your kids.

I wish people would “get” this … but it’d probably put a lot of curriculum companies out of business if homeschoolers came to understand how good spellers and good writers are actually created. 😉

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Spelling with Charlotte Mason’s Dictation Method

by Sheila Carroll
Guest Contributor

Are you a cracker-jack speller? Or, does the subject of spelling produce a groan? Most people struggle with spelling.  Likely it is because they were not taught to picture the word before spelling it.

Charlotte Mason, an English educational reformer, had one of the best ideas I have come across of teaching children to spell by seeing the words before they spell them.  Ms. Mason felt that the secret of spelling lay in the habit of visualizing words from memory.   Continue reading

Copywork Jumpstarts Your Child’s Spelling

by Sheila Carrol
Guest Contributor

Homeschool families know the value of good penmanship and many introduce copywork as an aid to good writing. But, did you know that copywork can also help your child be an outstanding speller?

What is Copywork?

Copywork is copying out by hand from a written source. The value of copywork is to instill the mechanics of great writing. Children learn proper grammar, spelling and Continue reading