Word Study

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‚ÄčOur spelling approach, known as "Word Study", is based on 30 years of research that has explored the developmental stages of word knowledge in children and adults (Henderson, 1990).  This research has identified certain spelling errors that tend to occur in clusters and show students' common confusions when learning new spelling patterns.  

This is a hands-on method, in which children sort specific words based upon similar spelling generalizations.  Through the completion of assigned homework and in-class activities students will get many opportunities to manipulate and practice their words in a variety of ways.  For this reason, this approach seems to work better than the traditional "drill, practice, test" method.  

This is not a one-size fits all program that starts and ends in the same place for all students.  The critical piece of this program is that it differentiates instruction for different levels of levels of word knowledge.