I think they have one of the best spelling programs around. Mind you, I supplement it with Cunningham’s word wall work, spelling centres and sight word poems, but honestly, I couldn’t live without this little yellow book.
The program emphasizes letter names, letter sounds and correct printing. The book covers K to Grade 3. In the Grade 1 section all the letter names/sounds and short/long vowels are practiced. It covers blends, digraphs, word endings (ed, s, ing) … all that good stuff.
It’s super easy to use. It’s differentiated. And I feel it really supports my writing program because most of the kids start to feel comfortable writing words with phonetically logical spellings pretty quickly.
I’ve been working on refining my program the last couple of weeks so that’s why I’m sharing this ~ it’s been on my mind a lot:) I’ve made some small changes to my daily spelling routines, but THIS will never change. The McCrackens rock!
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