spelling books for kids

For British English.                                 For American English.
Available from amazon.co.uk or ebay.         Available amazon.com
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spelling rules and patterns for ages 10-11 KS2 For British English. Spelling Rules and Patterns for Ages 10-11: to learn, improve & have fun with spelling and writing. Available from amazon.co.uk or ebay

spelling patterns and rules for 5th grade For American English. Spelling Patterns and Rules for 5th Graders: To learn, improve & have fun with spelling and writing. Available amazon.com

The British version focuses on KS2 curriculum requirements year 5 and 6.
The American version is based on the British curriculum and is for 5th graders or ages 10-11.

This colourful/colorful, fun book is ideal for kids (including dyslexics) who are struggling with spelling and phonics by systematically focusing on areas that other spelling books and schemes ignore:
 improving visual memory,
 using memory tricks,
 noticing letter patterns,
 knowing spelling rules & exceptions,
 building words with prefixes and suffixes,
 understanding the history of spelling and why spelling is the way it is.

Using a combination of well-known, proven literacy techniques and spelling strategies, this book will help kids learn, remember, and improve their spellings while reinforcing and building:
• spelling knowledge,
• confidence,
• love of spelling and writing.

The book is a great resource for teachers and tutors, too, because it explains why these "tricky" spellings are the way they are, including the rules and history of them - so you can answer those awkward questions about them. The book also provides some great ideas for exercises, group work, and games in the classroom.




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Reviews/feedback

Graham J Spooner of The Sensible Tuition Company I enjoyed reading through the first little section actually with the 'tricks and tips' for how to develop your spelling. This is exactly the sort of thing that my students are asking me for advice on regularly - and there are a lot of things in here that I know will be directly useable in lessons.

I like the gap filling exercises - again, something like this makes the book a GREAT resource for a tutor or teacher as we could lift/adapt these exercises for 1:1 work. I like the way you've really opened up the material with the word lists. Again (speaking from the perspective of a private tutor) I think this is particularly useful as a resource to test a student's understanding (perhaps bringing these words into a game of hangman or other gap fill exercises).

The grammar bits were quite memorable, I like your no-nonsense approach and voice that you have here. It's just useful stuff delivered without unnecessary padding but still accessible!

I think that overall the book definitely fills a 'gap' by getting students actually looking at words, decoding them and building their intuition about how they are made, remade and deconstructed.

It's also got a nice balance in its content in that it is accessible to a student at 10-11, but also useful for a tutor to adapt and create exercises from without much stress.

I really like the use of colour throughout. I also really enjoyed the history bits too (e.g. about Latin roots of words) - very interesting.

I love it, Joanne. So easy to use. All the rules I need in one easy book. You are a wonder. Thank you again, Joyce (USA)

Maria Parada (US teacher) We definitely need this type of program for students. We currently do not have a spelling program in our district. Some teachers teach spelling, unfortunately most do not. I am the type of learner that needs to understand why something is the way it is. I really only got that from your program. I appreciate you so MUCH! Many students needs to know why spelling is the way it is, and not just memorize words.

Good morning Joanne hope you are well. I just got your book and I want to CONGRATULATE YOU. It is wonderful
Things I loved:
1. Graphics
2. Kid friendly
3. Size is not overwhelming for student
4. Explanations of rules
5. Exercise for kids to complete are well thought out
6. Fill in charts are super
7. Picture art
8. Vowels in color
9. Word search puzzles
10 grouping words by pattern
You did an amazing job!!!

From Jessica and Roman McA. My son didn't lose concentration and worked for 20 mins without one single complaint. He really liked the word searches. He said writing sentences and drawing pictures was fun. He also liked filling in the missing letters, which I think is a brilliant way of really taking in the sequence of the letters. Roman scored really well on the tests, which is pretty good considering he hates spelling!

After trying lots of different books for my granddaughter, this is the one she enjoys the most and understands the rules and patterns much easier than the rest. The design of the books are wonderful and easy to learn from. Great work and thank you. Darren Johnson (UK)

This comprehensive treatment of the techniques for spelling excellence is an extremely valuable tool for anyone who is instructing students. It makes the learning process fun as well. Frank Garafola (USA)