A common question with several appropriate
answers dependent upon
educational philosophy, age, ability, and learning style.
There are many ways to teach spelling
- Purchase a traditional, grade-leveled spelling curriculum.
- Choose high-interest or frequently used words.
For example, live with a fisherman? Consider words of interest: bait, tackle, license, trout, shrimp, brackish, hook, sinker, shore, catch, freshwater, captain, salmon, carp, permit, marsh, or wade.
Sometimes we have used objects of interest to learn spelling. One of our most unusual items have been acorns and cereal. Stickers and foam letters make great teaching tools as well.
Starting with the most frequently used words? Check out these lists:
Learning Resources posted and ranked 300 words
- Play a game.
My children always enjoy a good game. Games add spark to learning. When there is a less-than-favorite subject to learn, we try a game. If we don't own a game to teach a particular subject, I make one.
- Compile a "I want to learn these!" list.
- Tackle commonly misspelled words.
National Curriculum Associates complied this list from children's writings, grades three through eight.
ABCTeach published multiple lists
Mrs. Martin's 100 most commonly misspelled words
Your Dictionary lists
Horicon school district language arts helps
Spelling-Words-Well multiple grade lists
Fry's Instant Word List
Middle School and Above
Info Please offers their compilation
John Burroughs Middle School offers spelling and vocabulary lists
Kenneth Odle's most commonly misspelled middle school words
High School and Beyond
Capital Community College list from Student's Book of College English by David Skwire and Harvey S. Wiener. 6th ed. MacMillan: New York. 1992
Oxford Dictionaries common misspellings
- Use a combination of several above.
Spelling comes in different, very effective packages. There is not a tried-and-true method. Each child receives, stores, and retrieves information differently, especially with spelling. Hence a individualized path is often necessary in order to produce the greatest retention.