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Top 10 Homeschooling Elementary Spelling & Vocabulary Curriculum Choices

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Homeschooling comes with some challenges in the first few years. Reading is a major stressor and then you realize you have to teach spelling as well. I have a huge hint that will help your child learn to spell better, read better, and their test scores throughout their entire education career will rise. All this with one simple thing your child and you will love.

Read to them!

The more you read to them the better their language arts skills become. They hear proper grammar and begin speaking up to that level. They can sit in your lap and see spelling and sentence structure. Best of all kids love the time you are pouring into them.

Read, Read, Read, and Read some more!

Now that you have the foundation stone for great language arts lets add some support structure for spelling. Having a curriculum to guide you in spelling during the elementary years can be extraordinarily helpful. The great curricula in our Top 10 list have gathered together word families, spelling rules, irregular words all the bits and pieces so you don’t have to. The resulting curricula have made our list because other TTD families have used and love them.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary Spelling & Vocabulary curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for Homeschool Elementary Spelling & Vocabulary Curriculum

  1. All About Spelling  All About Spelling homeschool spelling curriculum will provide complete and comprehensive spelling instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Mastery-based, All About Spelling teaches encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies to help your homeschooled student become a proficient speller for life. Find the books here
  2. Wordly Wise  Wordly Wise provides engaging, contextual vocabulary instruction. A fantastic homeschool vocabulary curriculum from Educators Publishing Service, this bestseller is a top vocabulary pick! Find the books here
  3. Spelling Power  From the website: “Spelling Power has everything you need to teach spelling words and skills to your entire family to the college level. With Spelling Power, your children will master the 5,000 most frequently used words and key spelling principles at their own pace – in just 15 minutes a day—using research- proven strategies.”

Spelling Helps in Many Subjects and Skills

Spelling is a subject that spans several others. It helps several language arts areas. The obvious is reading the more words your child gets in their vocabulary the easier and faster their reading will become. Writing much like reading will become easier with memorized words at the ready. Other subjects like history or science that rely on writing out what you have learned will also increase in ability as spelling gets better.

Then there are the non-subject specific skills that increase with spelling. Memory, like a muscle the more you work memorization the better it becomes for most. Confidence in self, when you know what you are reading or feel comfortable that you can read what comes up speaking in places like Sunday School or American Heritage Girls becomes easier. Spelling is a skill that will broaden your child’s learning horizon.

  1. Abeka
  2. Rod and Staff
  3. Bob Jones University Press Spelling
  4. Sequential Spelling

Spelling using Kinetic Learning Modality

Spelling in the early years doesn’t have to be all about paper and pencils. Get out a cookie sheet and put something simple like rice in it until there is a thin layer on the bottom of the cookie sheet. Then write on a stickie/paper in big clear letters the word you want your child to work with. Have them trace that word out in the rice. The kinetic nature of using your whole arm will help memory. The feeling of rice on their finger will trigger other modes of learning and make memory easier.

Other things you could use: shaving cream, sand, kinetic sand, and beans

  1. A Reason for Spelling 
  2. Spelling U See
  3. Spelling Workout

The early years of learning to read and write are filled with books, reading, and learning to spell. Often your child is a sponge just waiting to be guided in the proper direction to learn more…more.. more! It’s an exciting stage of life and homeschooling. Use these wonderful resources to help you teach your child elementary child spelling.

Homeschool Family Favorite Guide Free downloadable

This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

If you would like to read more about learning to read Click below:

Spelling Words with Bible Character Names {FREE Printable Pack} https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2014/05/spelling-words-bible-character-names/

Teach Reading with Word Sort to Young Children (Free Long Vowel Word Sort) https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2018/11/long-vowel-word-sort-2/

Benefits of Reading Aloud https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2014/03/benefits-reading-aloud/

Strategies for Reading Aloud to Your Children https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/strategies-for-reading-aloud-to-your-children/

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Heather Laurie
Author Heather Laurie: a veteran homeschooling mom of 5 and advocate for the special needs community. Her family homeschools and thrives despite the unique challenges of a genetic disease that causes problems from learning disabilities, autism, to strokes. Sharing how to have a Hope-filled, Help-filled, Peace-filled home even when facing significant problems when speaking or in her book, Homeschooling When Learning Isn't Easy. Please check out Heather's Site-- SpecialNeedsHomeschooling.com-- for great information, resources, helps, and encouragement. 
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