Learning to write and spell + resources

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Susan Godsland

Learning to write and spell + resources

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August 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/main. ... unc125.xml
Kung Fu punctuation

Don't expect creative/independent writing too early.

http://www.phonicsinternational.com/for ... .php?t=196
Debbie Hepplewhite discusses nonsense words, invented spelling and independent writing.

Modern youngsters have poorer speech skills, right? Wrong!

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2013/02/dic ... -dictator/
Doing dictation doesn't make you a dictator.

National Handwriting Association has summarised the handwriting requirements for KS 1.2.3 in the new National Curriculum, which will be statutory in maintained schools from September 2014:
http://www.nha-handwriting.org.uk/NHA/m ... t-2013.pdf

National Handwriting Association

Debbie Hepplewhite's handwriting website -with free resources

http://www.senteacher.org/Worksheet/35/ ... ting.xhtml
Handwriting sheets- including dotted font

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/abc-join ... 97548?mt=8
App for iPad and iPhone. abc joined up. Learn cursive handwriting using phonics, created by a UK teacher.

http://www.phonicsinternational.com/Joi ... riting.pdf
Debbie Hepplewhite's hand-writing instruction sheet using pre-cursive style

Patterns to help pre-schoolers with pencil control.

Why the pen is mightier than the keyboard:
http://literacyblog.blogspot.com/2011/1 ... board.html

http://archive.teachfind.com/ttv/www.te ... iting.html
Video: Teaching handwriting in France

http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducato ... graham.pdf
Want to improve children's writing? Don't neglect their handwriting.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... B_20140604
Don't take notes with a laptop: Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/ed ... stick.html
'The process of putting pen to paper and reading from a book seems to imprint knowledge in the brain in a better way than using a keyboard and computer screen'.

http://www.intechopen.com/books/advance ... of-writing
Writing by hand helps with reading, spelling and possibly language development.

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2013/06/wor ... #more-9273
The myth of developmental stages for spelling: ''Saying there are developmental stages in spelling is a bit like saying there are developmental stages in learning to cook, fix a car or program a computer''.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/ed ... stick.html
'The process of putting pen to paper and reading from a book seems to imprint knowledge in the brain in a better way than using a keyboard and computer screen'.

http://www.mencap.org.uk/news/article/m ... r-spelling
Survey highlights Britain's poor spelling

English spelling explained -for kids, but a clear and concise guide for puzzled adults too.

http://literacyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013 ... use-i.html
The Hydra of Spelling!: John Walker offers advice for helping young children with spelling

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2014/03/spe ... n-endings/
Spelling Latin endings.

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2014/05/hav ... more-11969
'Have a go' spelling - warning about viewing misspelt words.

Silent letters?

http://www.ontrackreading.com/phonics-p ... -spellings
Explaining split vowel spellings.

Are spelling rules useful?

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2014/03/spe ... more-11517
Spelfabet explains how to teach Latin word endings

Spelfabet's advice on spelling plurals.

http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducato ... /joshi.pdf
How words cast their spell: Spelling Is an Integral Part of Learning the Language, Not a Matter of Memorization

http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducato ... /Moats.pdf
How spelling supports reading: And Why It Is More Regular and Predictable Than You May Think

Don't use 'spot the deliberate spelling mistakes' activities

http://www.rrf.org.uk/archive.php?n_ID= ... eNumber=53
Tom Burkard: Invented spellings

Simplified Spelling advocate, Valerie Yule's book, free to download: The Book of Spells and Misspells.

Dandelion Board Games consists of five packs of phonic reading games aimed at pupils learning two-and three-letter vowel spellings.

Download this free spelling game - suitable for Letters&Sounds phase 5 / Advanced Code / code overlap

http://phonicbooks.wordpress.com/2013/1 ... dictation/
Dandelion Book of Dictation consists of dictation and punctuation exercises which follow the progression of the Dandelion Books reading scheme, Units 1-20
Sample pages: http://phonicbooks.wordpress.com/2013/1 ... dictation/

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2014/03/fre ... more-11596
Spelling Sorted: Spelfabet's free Sound-Spelling Book to download.

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/materials/i ... ry&path=81
Spelfabet's spelling dictionary- to build: ''The idea is that learners write words containing all the different spellings for each sound in the columns in the collection, so that they end up with a booklet that shows them how every sound is spelt

http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/productdet ... d=8&pid=26
Phonic Books spelling dictionary- to build: photocopiable, spelling sheets for recording alternative spellings of the phonemes in the Phonic Code. Can be used as activity sheets or as an ongoing spelling book

Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary for KS1 (age 5-7) -supports synthetic phonics teaching
Mumsnet review: http://www.mumsnet.com/reviews/books/ch ... dictionary

http://alphabeticcodecharts.com/ipa_pic ... ingACC.pdf
Comprehensive English Alphabet Code chart

A4 size Alphabet Code charts showing spelling alternatives in real words -for students' files.

http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/docs/soun ... vowels.pdf A4 x 1

http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/pdf/Phonic ... 2.8.11.pdf A4 x 1

English from the Roots Up: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling. Joegil K. Lundquist. Cune Press, USA
http://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Roots-U ... 0964321033
''An excellent vocabulary and spelling tool for any age student--including the child who is learning to read, especially with phonics... It develops words from Latin and Greek roots using simple mnemonic devices--index cards outlined in red for Latin or green for Greek'' (customer review on Amazon)

App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. With 'My Spelling Test', you can create lists of words using the particular GPCs you want your child to practise spelling from dictation -record the words using your own voice.

Free to download: BABL Word Game - word analysis and Latin and Greek Vocabulary.

https://beckclasswiki.wikispaces.com/fi ... exicon.pdf
Free booklet: Sounds~Write's 'Spelling theory and a lexicon of English spellings' Caution: error on p15. It should read, ''<ti> represents the sound /sh/ at the beginning of several English suffixes, for example <-tion>, <-tious> and <-tial>. There are no examples of the digraph <ti> representing the sound /sh/ at the end of an English word''.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/79 ... -word.html
Top 20 misspelt words

Longest English words -useful for multi-syllable work

Multilit's My Spelling Dictionary -suitable for upper primary/secondary, words are grouped according to their beginning sound not their beginning letter http://www.multilit.com/programs/my-spe ... ictionary/