How to Teach Spelling is a comprehensive resource manual and corresponding workbooks that provide a structured and graded method to plan spelling lessons for one student or for an entire classroom. The program can be used at all grade levels. The manual contains the material to be used at all grade levels; at the beginning of each lesson, the manual explains which words to cover and how for the grade level you are working with.

The workbooks are grade-level specific:

  • How to Spell 1 (Grade 1)
  • How to Spell 2 (Grades 2–3)
  • How to Spell 3 (Grades 4–6)
  • How to Spell 4 (Grades 7–12)

The workbooks teach spelling rules and generalizations, provide space for copying words, and indicate when students should write words, phrases, and/or sentences from dictation. The workbooks help students understand and practice the material.

Each lesson builds on previous lessons; phrases and sentences for dictation include words that test the rules that have already been learned. Sight words are also assigned in order of difficulty and incorporated into the phrases and sentences for dictation. The manual also offers a suggested teaching method and typical lesson plan.

How to Teach Spelling is an excellent program for teachers who want their students to learn to recognize the sounds in the English language, to decode words, and to spell words correctly by relying on spelling rules and patterns rather than on memory.

Skills Addressed

  • Spelling rules and generalizations
  • Sight words
  • Consonant blends
  • Soft c and g
  • Syllabication and syllable types
  • Affixes and roots
  • Digraphs
  • Diphthongs
  • Homonyms
  • Silent letters
  • Possessives
  • Contractions