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Spelling For Kids

Spell that word, home school spelling starts early

Advice
Bees
Books
Courses
Dictionaries
Games
Practice
Roots
Rules
Software
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.  VocabularySpellingCity is a multifaceted educational service (web and app) that provides tools for practicing vocabulary and spelling.  Here’s the basics of their grade level resources:

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.
Kindle Edition

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 it Right – Learn to Spell Confidently
Help, free worksheets and advice from an experienced English teacher: advice about tackling problems and a series of free worksheets, each comprising a complete lesson designed to test and teach spelling skills.

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!

WWWebsters Online Dictionary – 1999
Best for looking up modern English words.

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


Games

Free and fun games that will help your student practice and learn new spelling words!

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

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VocabularySpellingCity.com
Find vocabulary games and online spelling practice for your kids. You can enter and save your own spelling lists. Every time your kids play, they’ll build spelling and vocabulary skills while improving reading comprehension too.

Roots

Common Latin and Greek roots
A root is the basis of a new word, but it does not typically form a stand-alone word on its own. For example, the word reject is made up of the prefix re- and the Latin root ject, which is not a stand-alone word.

Learning Root Words

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.


Software

Spell Catcher
Mac & Windows. With Spell Catcher, you’ll write better and faster—in virtually any application. Use it to spell check e-mails, letters or documents, instant messages, and more! Spell Catcher can watch for errors as you type, and automatically fix common typos. Shorthand Glossaries let you define your own abbreviations for repetitive phrases—even thousands of characters long! Use the dictionary or thesaurus to look up a word you’ve just typed to check its meaning or search for a more precise alternative. Free trial version available.

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.


Alan Cooper’s Homonyms
Some words sound alike, but are spelled differently and have entirely different meanings. For example: allowed (permitted) and aloud (spoken).

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