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Does our homeschool need a spelling curriculum?
Spelling isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone. I know adults that still are not great at spelling. I myself have always been really good at it, even if I never got into the school wide spelling bee, because Stephanie B. was always a little better than me. As a homeschooler I have to teach my daughter social studies, language arts, science, math, art, and more. Adding spelling programs, spelling lists, or even dreaded spelling tests to our week sounds pretty awful.
Does that mean I’m failing my daughter and she’s going to grow up relying on autocorrect? Probably not.
How we implement spelling during our homeschool day
We don’t need a new program, designated lists, or mundane tests. We can take what we’re doing already and be aware of the spelling.
This year we’re implementing some copywork with the curriculum’s that we’re using. Gator will be writing new words this way and this should help her with her spelling. Curriculum’s like Spelling You See
We can correct her spelling in workbooks. When she writes answers in her workbooks, it’s the perfect place to correct any misspellings. One of the workbooks we’re using this
It’s almost bedtime, Gator shows me a Minecraft dog she named “Timmey” when she meant it to say “Timmy” I’ll gently remind her that the “e” makes the “i” say it’s name and what she wrote is pronounced “Time-y.” You’ll both laugh and she’ll run to the virtual anvil to fix it.
Just writing more
There’s one case where I won’t correct her. When we go outside for our weekly nature journal and she writes her heart out, shares her feelings and what she sees. I actually let her keep the spelling errors in the journal. Just the act of writing is great and journals feel too personal to cross out or erase words to fix spelling mistakes. I think it’ll be all the more fun to look back on when she’s older.
Finally, books. Reading is helping Gator’s spelling a lot. Just being exposed to new words and familiarizing herself with them is increasing her natural ability to spell. She’s reading at a higher level than expected, the reason? She found books that were extremely interesting to her, more specifically the Wild Rescuers series by Stacy Plays
There are a lot of ways to incorporate spelling in your homeschool day organically
These are just a few ways we’re incorporating spelling into our day. We’re not using lists or an extra curriculum, it doesn’t seem like she needs any extra help. Just fill your day with words and writing and your kids will be expert spellers in no time. I’m sure there are plenty more ways to organically incorporate spelling into your homeschool day, these are just simple ways that we encounter in our day.
Let me know in the comments below some ways that you incorporate spelling into your day.