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A Reason For Spelling® is a comprehensive 1st-6th grade curriculum that combines scientific advances in learning with the strengths of traditional spelling programs. It teaches high-frequency base words, plus hundreds of other word forms, using an engaging approach that integrates reading, writing, and language arts, and draws upon the latest knowledge of how children learn to spell.
Educators tell us their students enjoy Spelling instruction more than ever before, because it seems like play instead of a lesson. While it’s true that the activities are designed to be fun and stimulating, don’t be fooled—there is serious science at work!
Each week begins with a read-aloud story (found in the Teacher Guidebook) that highlights a particular Scripture-based value for the week. The memory verse that accompanies every story corresponds with the weekly verse in the same level of A Reason For Handwriting®.
On Day 1, a simple pre-test evaluates each student’s proficiency in spelling a list of words. Over the next few days, students practice the week’s word list through a variety of fun, multi-sensory activities designed to stimulate learning and build multiple word associations. The week concludes with a post-test, giving them an opportunity to demonstrate improved spelling and mastery of concepts.
Spelling and Handwriting lessons mutually reinforce biblical principles each week, consistently showing students that Scripture is relevant to real-life situations—an important foundation for a lasting biblical worldview.
The Teacher Guidebook for each level contains a wealth of information for instructors, including story discussion prompts, additional Challenge words for strong spellers, special teaching insights, and much more. Suggested activities in every lesson plan provide true differentiated instruction for auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners.