I’ll never forget the day I was at work training a young lady who had just graduated from school.
I was teaching her how to use the cash register, not a very difficult job I must admit, however learning how to accept the different types of payment can be tricky the first few times through.
The store I was working for at the time accepted all payments and cash is a favorite way to pay for many of the customers.
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At the end of her shift, we headed in to count the till.
I sat down to pull out the paperwork to be completed and she started to count the coins. To my complete shock, she had no idea how to count change.
I mean basic counting of quarters, nickels and dimes. (We don’t have pennies) I am not talking about how to add them up as this could be fixed with a calculator. I mean how much each one was worth.
Needless to say that night I came home, dumped a big container of change in front of my kids and informed them today we learn to count change!
There are many life skills that are no longer required in public school as I learned that day in talking with her. Some of these are also not required in homeschool. They are required in MY school.
One of these is spelling.
Spelling is not my strong point however I feel that it is very important. At first, I used old spellers that I used in school many years ago to teach the children.
As time passed I found the perfect workbook for us and because this is often asked of me, I want to share it with you!
When hunting for the perfect curriculum for my children I knew what I wanted in a spelling program.
I wanted not only a list of words but I wanted more than just a memorization list.
After all, what is the point of memorizing if you don’t know how to use the words?
Spelling workout is my favorite program and we have been using it for a few years.
As a working mom, I love that they can do this workbook on their own. I check to make sure it is correct in the end and give a spelling test each week. Otherwise, I assign a “box” a day and when they finish they leave it out for me to check.
At the end of the day, I check it and leave a fun sticker to encourage them.
What’s in each lesson?
In workbook F each lesson begins with a “Spelling Words in Action” page in which you get a story that includes the list words. This story is engaging and usually teaches them something brand new that the children are eager to share. This story is often historical or science based!
My son is using Workbook G and this workbook is the first we have used without this story at the beginning in each lesson. He was very disappointed.
Next, you get a list of 20 words written in cursive. I like this as I feel children should be able to read cursive. We have family members that write notes, letters, lists and more in cursive so I want my children to know how to read it. Plus I was in a restaurant and the menu was in cursive. Yay for being able to order.
There is a grammar tip at the top of the page along with examples to explain what they are talking about. Then you get 5 boxes. Each box is a practice in which using the spelling list words they complete an activity in grammar and logic. One box is a puzzle of sorts be it crossword style, unscramble or some other type. Another is proofreading where they not only learn to proofread but also learn the proper proofreading marks. The last is a writing practice.
In workbook G, the boxes are the same as above however sometimes he has a dictionary skills box, along with bonus “Did you know?” Box.
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Spelling Workout Review!
Every 6th lesson is a review of the previous 5, which is also made up of boxes. This allows them to see if they retained any of the information. You could choose to do this open book but I do not.
There is a box for each lesson they had and then a “what you should know” box in which they spot the misspelled word.
The workbook also contains a dictionary, a lesson on how to use the dictionary, a spelling notebook and a cheat sheet of cursive letters and numbers in case your child forgets what letter they are trying to read.
Favorite Ways to Reinforce Spelling!
Some of my favorite ways to reinforce spelling are through games. Teenagers are kids, so why not make it fun?
Our favorite games that use spelling are:
I also love to use app-based games they can play. Read more about how we use apps in our homeschool here.
Isn’t spelling dead?
I’ve been laughed at, criticized and more about teaching my children spelling. They say learning to spell is “dead”. Autocorrect killed it.
After all, there are a ton of tools, apps and more that help with spelling mistakes, including my favorite tool Grammarly.
Why teach spelling and use a spelling tool? Almost hypocritical you might say. 😉
I teach spelling because I know from working that auto correct won’t save you “in real life”.
When it comes to skills such as taking messages, writing notes, crafting reports, or even writing my to-do lists auto correct isn’t in my paper and pen. I have to rely on skills I learned long ago, and let’s say some of these are rather rusty.
My main goal in teaching my children is so they have the skills to be successful in life. To me, being able to spell, is one of those skills.
Now you know why I think all kids should learn to spell! Do you think children should learn to spell? IF so what is your favorite tools to use?
PS. Spelling is just one of the skills I want my kids to master in my homeschool. Life skills are important. If you are looking for a great program to teach your child life skills be sure to check out SkillTrek, or read my review here: Using Skill Trek To Teach My Teens Life Skills