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Spelling For Kids

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Spell that word, homeschool spelling starts early

Advice
Bees
Books
Courses
Dictionaries
Games
Practice
Roots
Rules
Word Lists

Advice

How to approach spelling and vocabulary? English spelling is a nightmare. On one hand, in the modern world, our phones and computers all have spell checkers so the old-time need to memorize the spelling of tens of thousands of words is far less important than it was. On the other hand, cracking the code of phonics and understanding the basics of our language starts with reading and writing the basics.

Bees

National Spelling Bee
The Scripps National Spelling Bee will be the first week in June. We will announce the date in February. Do read all the rules and requirements. Homeschoolers can participate, but still need to follow the rules carefully.

Books

Ann M. Martin

Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin
Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.

Courses

Free Spelling Course by Marie
30 units, over 65 fully printable pages, and daily/weekly work plans, dictation, exercises, dictionary work, tests, and answer keys. It also has a very concise breakdown of the fundamental rules of English spelling. Recommended for those wishing to learn how to spell commonly misspelled words.

Spelling Time
Fun, state of the art interactive spelling lessons. Try the demo, then register to get a new lesson daily.

Dictionaries

Macmillan Dictionary
The award-winning Macmillan English Dictionary was first published in 2002. Crafted by teams of lexicographers in Britain and the United States, it has as its source a corpus, a database containing millions of examples of English as used around the world. Extensive analysis of this corpus of real spoken and written text, using state-of-the-art software, has allowed the dictionary writers to reveal fresh information about how and when words are used.

One Look
It will search several dictionaries at once and allows wild card searches, so if you only know how the word begins it is helpful. Also includes a reverse dictionary feature.

Word Central
Look up words (fast!) in the Student Dictionary! Better still: Build Your Own Dictionary! Stump your friends with today’s Daily Buzzword!

Your Dictionary
Stumble across a word not in English? You can look it up here or translate a whole paragraph.

Games

40 Ways to Make Spelling Fun
Different ways to make practicing your spelling list a whole lot more fun.

Spell Check
The computer will give twenty sets of four words. Place a check next to the word which is spelled wrong. Spell the word correctly. If you get all twenty problems correct, you can put your name on the leader board.

Spellarama
Cool letter card game you can print off for free to play offline with friends and family.

Practice

Spelling Training 
Use your own list or pick one from the site to help your homeschoolers work on their spelling.

Roots

Online Etymology Dictionary
Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.

Rules

Musical Spelling Rules
These rhymes will help you remember spelling rules.

Word Lists

100 Most Often Misspelled Words
Dr. Language has provided a one-stop cure for all your spelling ills. Here are the 100 words most often misspelled (‘misspell’ is one of them). Each word has a mnemonic pill with it and, if you swallow it, it will help you to remember how to spell the word.

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