Apples and Pears Spelling review
In a previous post, I wrote about using Spelling Workout. Spelling Workout is an excellent program for many children, but I found Apples and Pears Spelling works better for my struggling spellers.
Apples and Pears Spelling is an English spelling program published by Sound Foundations. The Sound Foundation books were designed to include enough overlearning for even severely dyslexic students to master reading and spelling, and they were also designed to be easy for parents to use.
The Apples and Pears Spelling Program
The Apples and Pears Spelling program was developed using the morpheme method of spelling instruction. Morphemes are units of meaning within words. For instance, necessarily breaks down into the morphemes ne-cess-ary-ly.
The spelling curriculum first teaches the root word and then teaches the rules for putting the morphemes together over the four books in the series.
So I mentioned overlearning earlier. When I say overlearning, I mean overlearning. Apples and Pears Spelling drills the root words, and drills, and drills, and…. in order that the spelling becomes entrenched in the child’s mind.
This means my child and I sit down for 15-20 minutes and work on spelling.
The Spelling Lesson
During the lesson, sentences are dictated, words are broken apart, words put together, root words introduced or drilled, spelling tests given, and meanings are given. It is a thorough program, and my child does a lot of writing during our 15-20 minutes.
There are two indispensable parts. The first is the student workbook for the student and the second is the teacher’s book for the teacher. The teacher’s book only has the instructions for the teacher to read to the student. It has dictation lists, answers, and oral explanations for the rules.
The student book has the lines for students to write, lists the broken morphemes for students to practice putting together, includes the puzzles, and more. This isn’t a program you can purchase the student book and skip the teacher’s book or vice versa.
You need both books.
The books make the program easy to use because everything the teacher needs to know is included right there in the teacher’s notes. If oral instructions are needed, they are written out for you to read. Words to dictate for spelling tests are right there. Answers to the puzzles are given.
You can receive the books in the mail and be off and running 5 minutes later.
Apples and Pears Spelling is a program that works wonders for struggling spellers. It is easy for parents to use, has a systematic study of spelling, and includes enough overlearning for even severely dyslexic students to learn to spell.
For more information on classical homeschooling and struggling learners, read Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child.