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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: An Old-Fashioned Tool for Today’s Learner


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

In today’s fast-paced digital world, the value of writing by hand is often questioned. Copywork—physically copying a selected passage by hand—is a technique often thought to be old-fashioned but one that is now used by many modern homeschoolers. Is copywork just a tedious waste of time, or is it actually an important tool for learning?…
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10 Spelling Activities for Early Learners


Try some fun, easy, multi-sensory, and low-stress spelling activities to jump-start your young speller’s curiosity and confidence.

When you tell your child it is time to practice spelling, you may get a range of reactions from “Can’t wait!” to “Do I have to?” Because of a child’s natural inclination to explore and play, it can sometimes be difficult to engage a young child and help him develop a positive attitude toward spelling.…
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