How do homeschool kids learn to spell? These days, fairly easily! Thanks to all of the spelling curricula, games and software products just waiting for them to discover, that is!
Spelling is one of those academic areas where some children may need just a little bit more help than others. Readers, for instance, may naturally become better spellers on their own, requiring less formal instruction. Other kids, however, might not catch on as quickly, so having a separate workbook or organized spelling program may the ticket they need to help them along.
No worries, though, because anyone (even adults!) can become a better speller when given the right tools. And as a bonus, spelling is one of those areas where playtime can really equal learning, so there are lots of ways to enjoy doing it, too.
Because spelling can be taught so many ways, products that can help are varied — in fact, some may not look like spelling help at all. Spelling may be taught alone, within the realm of a complete language arts program, or even in the context of another course (like history or literature) as words are taken from readings and learned right along with everything else. Some parents prefer to look at published word lists, selecting a few each week and making up activities and games (like crosswords or word searches) involving the spelling words. Others like to make a note of words that students get “wrong” and quiz just those instead. It is really about what works best for you and your child. The main thing is to realize that memorizing words and giving weekly spelling tests are not the only way to do it.
Below, you’ll find just a few of the many, many spelling resources available in the marketplace. Some can be pricey, but many are free and inexpensive, too. Check these lists and then look for others on your own.
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Examples of spelling curricula and books:
Examples of spelling software (pre-screen and use at your own risk):
Spelling software downloads (many free)
More software downloads for spelling (most free)
Even more software downloads for spelling (all free)
Gemm Learning (software for spelling with dyslexia)
Software and online games for spelling (no download required)
Examples of video games that teach spelling:
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