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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Homeschooling by Subject
Language Arts


Spelling Resource Books for Educators:
(to use for reference or to construct your own program)


by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006


The Childs Spelling System: The Rules  by Sally B. Childs and
Ralph de S. Childs for Educators Publishing Service -- This book is out of
print but is still available thru homeschool suppliers and used book
sellers.  This book provides a thorough presentation of spelling rules,
including examples and some ideas for teaching, aimed at about grades
4 - 8.  
Who might find this book useful?
This book would be a useful supplement to anyone teaching spelling.  
Great resource for those who want to construct their own spelling
program.  Can be used to look-up the rules that apply to a student's
particular spelling errors.


The ABC's and All Their Tricks by Margaret M. Bishop for Mott
Media -- This is a resource book for home educators that covers all the
rules for spelling English words
and includes a comprehensive coverage
of phonics.  
Who might find this book useful?
This book would be a useful supplement to anyone teaching spelling.  
Great resource for those who want to construct their own spelling
program.  


Why Isn't 'Phonetic' Spelled the Way It Sounds? by -- an
exhaustive collection of spelling rules, conventions, tricks, and
rules-of-thumb,  "...Working through this tome gives a speller a
comprehensive foundation for all facets of spelling. No one will ever
look at "i before e" in the same way..."
Who might find this book useful?
Those entered in spelling bees.  Students who want/need to
thoroughly understand spelling rules.  Those who enjoy studying
etymology (word roots).


Spelling the Easy Way published by Barrons -- A single book
resource that includes a 10,000 word spelling list, exercises, and
achievement tests.  Chapters cover "why to bother spelling correctly",
spelling rules and mnemonics, better spelling by ear, British spellings,
most frequently misspelled words, tricky words, science and technology,
and medical terms. No Teacher's Edition available.  Available at major
book stores.
Who might find this program useful?
Older students who need a concise "catch-up" program.  Could be used
independently by older students. Could be used as a resource guide to
create you own spelling program.


Free Online Resources

Spelling: A Lost Art by Linda Schrock Taylor -- a free online list of "The
29 spelling rules", derived from Romalda Spalding in "The Writing Road
to Reading"

Basic Cozy Spelling Course free basic homeschool spelling curriculum
from Marie Rackham


Or... check out these complete Spelling Programs