Parents love the layout and helpful lesson plans in WriteShop Primary! Even though there’s a spelling component, you might wonder whether WriteShop Primary actually teaches spelling in a comprehensive way.
WriteShop Primary Teaches Spelling Organically
You can definitely add a spelling program such as Spelling You See to your WriteShop Primary curriculum, but it’s also totally fine if you decide to wait.
Unlike traditional spelling programs, WriteShop Primary activities don’t drill kids on a weekly list of words. Instead, children learn to spell the words they tend to misspell in their own writing. This is a more organic, practical approach to spelling.
Because young children often spell “by ear,” they try to write phonetically. Books B and C introduce them to simple reference tools and spelling games they can use to check and practice spelling.
Here are 5 ways WriteShop Primary teaches spelling.
1. Super Speller!
The Super Speller! helps your child become more aware of familiar sight words and other words he uses frequently. You can think of it as his own personal spelling reference. As you work closely together, you’ll spot the words he can and can’t spell correctly. When you note a misspelled word (in any of his writing), add it to the Super Speller!
To reinforce the importance of using standard spelling, he’ll be directed to use his Super Speller! throughout Books B and C.
2. Can of Words
In Book B, you’ll make a Can of Words from a cylinder-shaped chip container. This fun game helps homeschool children work on words they’ve misspelled when writing their WriteShop stories.
3. Labeling Household Objects
WriteShop Primary Book B also encourages you to write common words on index cards and tape them around the house, such as door, lamp, floor, rug, desk, and book. When young kids connect these words with everyday objects, it helps them become familiar with their spellings.
4. Spinner Spelling Game
Similar to hangman, Spinner Spelling is a fun spelling game with variations that give children additional spelling practice. You’ll find Spinner Spelling in WriteShop Primary Book C.
5. Spelling Dictionary
In addition, kids will make a personal spelling dictionary in Book C. It’s yet another tool WriteShop Primary incorporates during writing lessons to reinforce standard spelling.
Spelling tools and games are some of the many fun and creative activities WriteShop Primary uses to reinforce simple writing skills at the primary level. Just click here for help with choosing a level for your K-3rd grader!