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3 Reasons Why Spelling Tests Don’t Work


What’s wrong with this traditional, time-honored method? Short answer: it doesn’t work.

Does this sound like your spelling instruction, either from your own experience or with your kids? Monday: Receive list of about twenty words; take pre-test. Tuesday-Thursday: Interact with words on list through various activities (writing them ten times, sentences, word searches). Friday: Take final test. And then, maybe even if you got 100% on the…
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Long-Term Visual Memory and Its Impact on Spelling


While there are many different types of memory, visual memory is of particular importance.

Not long after taking the family to see the movie, Finding Nemo, my husband thought I had forgotten something. My snappy reply of, “Who do you think I am, Darla?” was met with uproarious laughter by my spouse and children alike. In an ironic twist, I had managed to forget the name of the lovable…
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What Does Spelling Mastery Look Like?


Spelling mastery is subtle and takes time to develop, but it is an important skill for your child to grow in.

There’s a story going around our office that Steve Demme originally wanted to call Math-U-See “Piece of Cake Math.” Whether this is true or not, I think the story reflects one of the foundational principles behind Demme Learning products. We want students to become learners who are confident in their knowledge and abilities. We want…
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Are Spelling and Reading Manipulatives Effective?


Other than helping to keep hands occupied and minds engaged, is there actual value to using “manipulatives” to teach spelling and reading?

Other than helping to keep hands occupied and minds engaged, is there actual value to using “manipulatives” to teach spelling and reading? Let’s face it – it can be hard to make a language arts curriculum interesting. Sometimes the reading passages can capture a child’s attention, and colorful graphics may help, but the actual work…
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Do Word Lists Have a Role in Spelling Instruction?


Are word lists really the best way to approach spelling instruction? Read on to find out what role, if any, word lists should play in teaching spelling.

Are word lists really the best way to approach spelling instruction? Read on to find out what role, if any, word lists should play in teaching spelling. It’s a cool spring day. Despite the chill in the air, my 10-year-old self feels the heat of embarrassment rising throughout my body as the telltale patches of…
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When Should You Teach Latin and Greek Roots?


Does Spelling You See teach Greek or Latin roots? Can it be applied to spelling? We answer these questions and more in this blog post.

Does Spelling You See teach Greek or Latin roots? Can it be applied to spelling? We answer these questions and more in this blog post. If you’ve been teaching for any length of time, you’ve probably seen it—the “deer in the headlights” look when a child encounters a new word in a reading selection. Your…
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The Role of Handwriting in Spelling You See


Have you ever wondered why handwriting is so prevalent in Spelling You See, or if it works as a handwriting program? We'll get into these questions, and more, in this blog post.

Have you ever wondered why handwriting is so prevalent in Spelling You See, or if it works as a handwriting program? We’ll get into these questions, and more, in this blog post. Spelling You See is not difficult, but it is different. This is a statement we often make about our spelling program, and it’s…
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Develop Language Skills with Nursery Rhymes


The very repetitive nature of nursery rhymes creates an atmosphere of social interaction with children that helps their language skills develop.

Let’s play a quick game. I say, “Jack and Jill went up the hill to ____.” Can you finish the rhyme? I’ll bet you can. What is it about nursery rhymes that make them so memorable, and more importantly, why would there be value for them in a 21st-century education? For generations nursery rhymes have…
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Spring into Spelling with Activities & Apps


Teach spelling this spring with these fun activities and educational apps.

If you are considering ways to teach your preschool-age child about spelling, consider involving him in literacy activities that are hands-on and playful ways to explore the alphabet and words. Talking, singing, playing rhyme games, reading aloud, and experimenting with writing and drawing with your child are great ways to establish a good literacy foundation.…
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Copywork Benefits & Tips


Is copywork just a tedious waste of time, or is it actually an important tool for learning?

What is Copywork? Copywork is a learning practice where you learn handwriting by copying a selected passage by hand. The passage can come from anything, and can easily be tailored to individual interest. This practice not only teaches handwriting, but also allows your student to experience different writing styles and techniques. In today’s fast-paced digital…
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