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Homeschool Curriculum Guide - Spelling, Grade 1

Curriculum Options for 1st Grade Spelling


Choosing spelling curriculum can be overwhelming. Here is an overview of the top spelling curriculum available for 1st grade students to help you make your decision.

1. Spelling Power

Master the rules of spelling once and for all with Spelling Power! Quick, five minute tests provide review, instruction in new material, and help children master the 5,000 most often used words and principles. Watch your students’ spelling improve with Spelling Power’s unique methods of practice and consistent repetition! More Spelling Power resources are available.

2. Natural Speller

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This program encourages children to become natural spellers by learning to recognize sight and sound patterns in vocabulary. Customize your spelling curriculum for grades 1 through 8 with this program. Students will learn commonly misspelled words, Latin and Greek word parts, abbreviations, contractions, homophones, numbers, and more. +Christian publisher.

3. MCP Spelling Workout Level A

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MCP Spelling Workout is a 36-lesson consumable workbook that uses a sports theme to "give you and your student the tools you need to be an unbeatable team." Capitalizing on the close tie between spelling and phonics, the program leads students from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex spelling patterns. This is a traditional spelling program with a lesson introduction explaining a spelling concept and a pretest, followed by activities and puzzles during the week to reinforce concepts introduced, and finally, the end of the week test.

The first grade book covers beginning and ending sounds, long and short vowel sounds, digraphs and adding suffixes to words.

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4. Bob Jones Spelling Grade 1

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BJU Spelling is a traditional program using a five day approach to spelling instruction. Students are taught phonetic and structural generalizations to give students the ability to spell words beyond the list words. Students develop an understanding of word structure and mastery of spelling through the use of spelling generalizations, guided activities, and dictionary skills. +Christian publisher.


5. Building Spelling Skills, Book 1

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The Christian Liberty Press spelling program instructs children how to spell words with short and long vowel sounds, double consonants, special blends, digraphs oo and or, diphthongs, word endings, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. +Christian publisher.

6. Horizon's Spelling and Vocabulary, Grade 1

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This program is designed around a weekly schedule with various practice formats. It's flexibility allows for adding words the student needs to work on and to tailor the writing assignments for individual students.

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7. ACSI Spelling, Grade 1

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Rather than presenting the lists in word families, this ACSI series is designed to teach most frequently used words as well as spelling rules. Sound-letter relationships, visual memory, and meanings are the three strategies used in the instruction in this program. Writing/composition activities are a major part of each spelling lesson. +Christian publisher.

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8. Dr. Fry's Spelling Book, Grades 1-6

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This multi-grade book contains the spelling content for grades 1 through 6, using the 3000 Instant Word List. Picture nouns, phonograms and phonics principles have been added to this.

9. Spectrum Spelling, Grade 1

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The Spectrum Spelling curriculum offers age-appropriate explanations and exercizes. The program provides systematic instruction and practice in spelling.
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10. Steck Vaughn Spelling Level 1

The Steck Vaughn Spelling program teaches spelling in the context of fiction and nonfiction. Level 1 features consonant and phonogram lessons, word lists, and "Spelling Strategies" features. Each unit has a review lesson to reinforce what was learned.

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