How to Teach Any Child to Spell / Tricks of the Trade 2-Book Set
Category Description for How to Teach Any Child to Spell & Tricks of the Trade
Some children, even though motivated, full of phonics instruction, and diligent workers, just donít seem to "catch on" to spelling. Gayle Graham designed her spelling program for just such a child and in the process developed a program that would be a strong contender for teaching any child to spell. What a coincidence, then, that she selected this title (How to Teach Any Child to Spell) for her little (35 pages; 5.5" x 8") teacherís manual. Expanding on one of Ruth Beechickís three approaches to teaching spelling, Mrs. Graham has developed the Beechick "individualized method" into an individualized spelling notebook. Her methodology is simple enough; put one spelling rule on each page, help the student categorize his own spelling mistakes under the proper rule, discuss the reason for each error developing a strategy for remembering the wordís spelling, and drill the studentís own misspelled words daily. However, sheís packaged all this into a 90-page notebook (Tricks of the Trade); hole-punched with an attractive layout and engaging illustrations. What sets this approach apart from other phonics-based spelling programs is the reasoning involved. The student is actively involved in the classification/analysis of his very own spelling difficulties. This reasoning process is a significant element in each daily spelling lesson along with more typical elements - daily writing, phonics review, review of misspelled words. Another key and unusual element is daily oral reading with "penciling" - a process which draws the readerís attention to patterns of words and phrases.
The How to Teach book is full of helpful information including an examination of spelling myths, a look at spelling stages and strategies, a short tutorial on teaching spelling by syllables, and a strategic compilation of basic phonics/spelling rules. Although phonics plays a key element in any studentís command of spelling, the slightly different perspective of seeing phonics as the building blocks for words helps engage the student in the analysis process which is the key to success. Carefully chosen helps continue into the appendix: rules worth remembering, daily phonics review, frequently misspelled words, and a recommended resource list.
The two-book set includes both the teacherís manual How to Teach Any Child to Spell and the consumable Tricks of the Trade: A Studentís Individualized Spelling Notebook. ~ Janice