Monday, March 23, 2009

Works for me... Lit. and Spelling

There are many reading lists available for picking out grade-level appropriate literature. I have found that the easiest thing for me to do is use the Veritas Press catalog as a guide. (If you do not get their catalog, I love it!)

Each grade level has a literature section with good, classic literature. Some books have study guides, but I usually just ask comprehension questions or assign a book report. (How to Report on Books is a good series published by Evan Moore.)

I will mention, however, that Veritas prices are not the lowest out there; I usually take the list and go to

As far as Spelling goes, I have not found anything that I just love. Programs seem to either go by commonly misspelled words or loosely follow phonics rules. Frankly, they all seem pretty random to me.

The Rigg's Institute has a list of "47 Rules of Spelling and Syllabication" that is used along with their materials. I think I am going to take the list and create a two year spelling program that involves learning the rules and list words that go along with each rule. Who knows, I may end up with a perfectly random spelling curriculum of my own...


Amy said...

I volunteer my kids as guinea pigs for you to test out your spelling curriculum! If it works on them, it would work for anyone!

Dan said...

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I would appreciate your reviewing SpellQuizzer in Diary of the Duleys. You can learn more about the program at There's a video demo you can watch at Finally, there's a page targeted to homeschooling families at I'd be happy to send you a complimentary license for the software. Please let me know if you are interested.

Thank you very much!

Dan Hite
TedCo Software

Miekie said...

I so enjoyed catching up on your blog. Amen to the post on "Our Zeal" - I needed that today! I had a good chuckle on your cooped up. I can imagine your frustration when no-one heard you. I left you quite a long comment on my blog - thanks for visiting. Tammy's spelling is improving at an amazing rate and we don't have a spelling programme - we just work on words she comes across in her reading and need to learn (pronunciation, meaning, sight reading and spelling.) I am rather against lists and this I base on my own French experience. I never confused "le livre" and "la livre" because I learned them separately, but I remember there was a French lesson where we learnt a whole lot of words that took both le and la and had different meanings and I was forever confused.