At the beginning of the year, I used A Beka’s A Handbook for Reading for Phonics for Lucas. I did not have a solid plan for Spelling or Vocabulary. We tried on-line lists and two books but nothing seemed to work for us. I decided to take a break from Spelling this year until I saw this book:

This book is copyright 1879 and I am very impressed with it! Some words are very dated but I actually respect the older English words this book contains.

My son struggles with using modern day phonics (like A Beka) because phonics books teach that “a” has two different sounds. When in actuality, the dictionary shows “a” has 6 different sounds. Words like ate, care, arm, last, all, and am all have different “a” sounds. There are other differences between modern phonics and this spelling book besides the “a” sounds though. We still use the A Beka book to practice enunciation and consonant blends.

We refer back to these pages often to understand the symbols.

I have recently switched Lucas over to verbal spelling tests since he scores significantly higher on them. He has dyslexia and written tests trip him up a lot. Until we can overcome this struggle, we will stick with verbal spelling tests. It is more important to me that he can spell words than write them down during tests.

He just finished Lesson 5 and only missed 5 words. His biggest mistakes were he spelled the 3 “dr” blend sound words with a “j” or “g”. 

We just went over Lesson 6 today so he can test later in the week. Lesson 5 through Lesson 35 in this book are second grade lessons. The “Sp._.” at the bottom of the page (shown above) is used throughout the book. This book is laid out to be used through 9th grade. I think this $13 purchase was well worth it!

As far as vocabulary goes, we look up spelling words he doesn’t understand. I don’t test him at this age but we do discuss the meanings in detail. I believe learning dictionary skills, basic spelling, and enuciation are more important right now. As long as there is noticable growth in his vocabulary, I see no reason to use tests.

If you are looking for curriculum, click here.

 What curriculum do you use for Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary? Do you have any recommendations to help with his dyslexia? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey!


3 thoughts on “Our Roadschooling: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary

  1. I’m a special ed teacher who works at a homeschool Charter School. Ive pulled some strategies that might help. The best curriculum is multisensory. I will pull some curriculum ideas if you are interested, email. We are also fulltimers livi g in a 33 ft tiffin motorhome.

    Provide a quiet area for activities like reading, answering comprehension questions
    Use books on tape
    Use books with large print and big spaces between lines
    Provide a copy of lecture notes
    Don’t count spelling on history, science or other similar tests
    Allow alternative forms for book reports
    Allow the use of a laptop or other computer for in-class essays
    Use multi-sensory teaching methods
    Teach students to use logic rather than rote memory
    Present material in small units


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