Natural Speller

Natural Speller

# 012833

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Item #: 012833
ISBN: 9781891975004
Grades: 1-8

Product Description:

A handy reference and complete spelling program all in one! Aptly titled, the Natural Speller groups words "naturally," both by sight and sound patterns. Contains grade-level word lists; phonics rules; spelling rules; punctuation rules; skill-building activities in spelling, writing, grammar, dictionary use, vocabulary; homonyms; Greek and Latin roots. Help your child become a "natural" speller!

Publisher Description:

The only book you will ever need to teach spelling. Teaching strategies include additional tips for use with the learning disabled, and word lists are organized by both sight and sound patterns. Build vocabulary skills with Latin and Greek roots and word lists, and by using the spelling rules to add prefixes and suffixes to root words. Choose from among the suggested activities to include practice with grammar, dictionary, and composition skills. Phonic, spelling, and punctuation rules are listed for easy reference. Word lists are divided by grade, 1 through 8. However, this method is easily adapted for older students or adults who need remedial work. Because of its multi-sensory and simplified approach to spelling, and because each child can work at his own pace, this program is ideal for students with learning disabilities. Placed second in the 1999 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards, placed third in 2001, and received an Honorable Mention in 2005.

  • Allow students to progress at their own rate.
  • Choose activities for word practice to suit each student’s needs.
  • Build skills: phonic charts, spelling and writing rules are at your fingertips.
  • Use Latin and Greek roots and word lists to build vocabulary necessary for college entrance exams.

If your students only remember word lists long enough to pass weekly tests, but not long enough to spell correctly when writing papers, replace random memorization with this logical approach.

  • Words are already organized by both sight and sound patterns.
  • Each graded list includes prefixes and suffixes to be added to words in order to practice with rules regularly.
  • Tips include additional activities to help with long-term memory.

Educator and consultant Kathryn Stout created the Natural Speller,

  1. To teach poor spellers how to become natural spellers.
  2. To provide teachers and tutors with a handy resource to fill in gaps, teach students how to approach a word, and help students progress at their own rate.
  3. To give home school families an inexpensive, flexible, and effective spelling curriculum.

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.

Category Description for UNIT STUDY GUIDES:

Unit study guides are like one unit of a curriculum unit study. They are meant to be used for a shorter amount of time to study a specific topic using this approach.

Talented homeschoolers are increasingly developing and producing unit studies not just for their own families, but to share with others. This is so exciting to me! For years, public school teachers have had outlets to share the products of their research and labors with fellow teachers. Now homeschoolers are doing the same - allowing others to reap the benefits. Each author has her (or his) own style - each unit study here is unique in its execution and focus. Someday, I hope this section will be brimming over with units! What a learning experience to see another perspective on a topic! For busy moms who like the unit study method but can't prepare their own from scratch, this section could become a treasure trove!

Although we receive a lot of "prospects" for this section, we try to limit our selections based on the following preferences. Basically, we avoid "no help" studies that give you little more than an outline to follow with suggested resources. Preference is given to studies that are "exciting and inviting", products of obviously thorough research and compilation, ones that provide some "meat" or base to work from (either a couple of basic resource books, or self-contained), and interesting, educational activities that are not just "busywork."

Category Description for Design-A-Study Guides:

A set of unit study guides specifically designed by subject area. Please refer to specific subject areas for detailed information on these products: Natural Speller (Spelling), Science Scope (Science), Comprehensive Composition (English), Critical Conditioning (Reading), Maximum Math (Mathematics), and Guides to History Plus (History).

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I have been disappointed in grade specific spelling options, and opted for this as I can use it with all my children at their individual ability levels.
Myrinda C on Apr 23, 2022
This seems like it would be a great addition to any home school.
Christine C on May 8, 2019
I have been disappointed in grade specific spelling options, and opted for this as I can use it with all my children at their individual ability levels.
Myrinda C on Apr 23, 2022
This book came highly recommended to me by veteran homeschoolers.
Alicia F on Feb 27, 2021
This seems like it would be a great addition to any home school.
Christine C on May 8, 2019
I read about this book in "The Right Side of Normal."
Hannah B on Mar 25, 2019
Saw it recommended on a blog.
Jamie W on May 9, 2017
Read a review that like it and would like to try it.
Heidi B on Dec 30, 2016
Recommended in an online group postings, giving it a try.
Laurie G on Aug 11, 2016
i like that it has several grades, as i am teaching more then one grade, and I will only need one book. It appears to be detailed and exactly what I am looking for.
User on Aug 3, 2016
This book came highly recommended to me by veteran homeschoolers.
Alicia F on Feb 27, 2021
I read about this book in "The Right Side of Normal."
Hannah B on Mar 25, 2019
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Rated 5 out of 5
Best spelling book I've found
This spelling book gives your the spelling words best for each grade level. It gives great suggestions and allows you as the parent to set the pace.
September 14, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this spelling book!
I got this book to use for my 3 homeschooled children ages 7, 9 and 12. This has worked out great for us. There's separate lists for each grade and I can individualize each week's spelling activities for each child. This book really just naturally flows with our schedule, just like the title says.
February 4, 2018
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Fit!
Both my daughter and I like this program. (She's in 3rd grade). We've been using it for 2 weeks. I like the simplicity of it for the parent, the activity choices, and daily reinforcement. I also like that I'll be able to use this next year for my 6 year old, too, and use it for both for many years. My daughter likes taking the pre-test, putting the words in alphabetical order, and learning the prefixes and suffixes.
March 17, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
<p>I am so thankful for such a wonderful non-consumable resource for spelling I use it with my 3rd grader who needs a lot of help with her spelling skills Most "programs" move too fast and leave her behind because of either lack of order or lack of review Natural Speller allows me to make her lessons myself and move at the pace she needs in order to "get it" It's also cost effective for us too since I can use it for ALL my children We can use a plain composition book or wide ruled notebook and we are good to go! The suggested activities are helpful in giving me ideas to build her skills and keep her lessons from becoming a chore (or boring) This is definitely not an open-and-go program but one that can be used and customized to suit your needs No lesson plans workbooks etc This is the only book you need from 1st-8th grade It is similar to but not as complicated to use as Spelling Power (or as expensive) I highly recommend this book for moms who don't mind writing their own plans and looking for something to use with all her children</p>
August 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
With 7 kids to eventually homeschool I'm always on the lookout for quality programs I can use for all of them Natural Speller is easy to use at different levels Just choose lists from the grade level your child is at You can tailor make your lessons by choosing different activities such as putting words in alphabetical order dividing the words by syllables adding endings and prefixes defining the words using a dictionary just to name a few I love the fact that I don't have to buy more workbooks every year!
May 9, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5
This is great in that you have just one book for grades k-8! And it's not bulky! I like the freedom in how you can use it like what exercises to give out to your children I've used Rod and Staff spelling and even though it's very thorough we thought there was so much to do that we weren't having a good time at all! And I think spelling should be fun! Well this is fun
April 3, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5
Even though we just started using this book this year I absolutely love it It has everything you could need for a complete spelling program except the notebook your child will be writing in The spelling lists are grouped by grade level which makes it extremely easy to use How much teacher/parent preparation needed depends on the age of your children and how you choose to do it For younger kids you may want to write the list for them to copy and write down what activities they need to do For older kids you can just tell them which list and allow them to choose the activities they do I like to combine subjects whenever possible and the activities do just that While practicing spelling they're also practicing dictionary skills grammar skills writing and vocabulary My daughter (9 years old) used to get very bored with her spelling work but with 49 activities to choose from (not counting the activities for Greek & Latin roots) there is variety each week She has never liked anything we bought for spelling until this year I only wish I had found it years ago and saved myself the constant battle with my daughter I will also be using this with my son (3 years old) when he's old enough to start a spelling program It may seem a bit expensive at first glance but considering everything it covers and the fact that it has spelling lists for eight grades it is definitely worth the price I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good spelling program This is the best spelling book I've seen!
July 12, 2007

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