In working with my children in the past, spelling did not automatically develop as they learned to read. When I tried spelling when they hit the Kindergarten level, it just did not click for them. With my first 3 children, spelling skills really started progressing closer to the first grade level. When I received to opportunity to review the Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write activity book, I knew my now 5 year old would love it, but I wasn’t quite sure if she would actually be able to learn the spelling words. After carefully looking through the sample pages on Evan-Moor’s website, it really did seem like the level K was the one that would fit her current skills. I received a free copy of the Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write activity book for grade K in exchange for writing about our experiences.
Overview of the Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write Activity Book
The Spell & Write Activity book for grade K is divided into 12 units. Each unit has a short story, a spelling list, spelling activities, grammar exercises, writing skills, and test practice. Pull out spelling lists and an answer key are also included at the end of the book.
Benefits of the Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write Activity Book
Spelling Lists Align with Spelling Research
In each unit, the spelling words are in the same word family, or rhyme. For example, unit one spelling words include cat, sat, and mat. Unit two spelling words include hop, top, and mop. Learning words that use a similar spelling pattern within the same list aligns perfectly with spelling research. Schlagal (2002) found that one hallmark of effective spelling lists is that the words share a common orthographic pattern.
Open and Go
As a busy mom of 5, I just don’t have time to use curriculum that requires preparation on my part. I love that Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write is so easy to use and requires absolutely no prep time. We just open the book and do the next page. It really is that easy.
Full Color Fun
When I think back to my own experiences as a child with spelling words and lists, it was just not fun. Copying words and practicing them over and over again on paper was the boring method I was subjected to. Although I made it through my weekly spelling lists, as many of you likely did, it really can be more fun. This Spell & Write activity book provides just the right balance of introducing the words and then practicing them in a variety of fun ways. The full color pages are visually attractive and my daughter loves doing the activities on each page.
Starting out, I really did not think my young child would be able to learn the spelling words. Although her emerging reading skills are progressing nicely, I thought she would need another year to do well in spelling as that was the pattern my other children seemed to follow. Well, I am pleasantly surprised because she did it! She’s been able to spell the words at the end of the units. I attribute her success to the way Evan-Moor developed word lists that have a similar spelling pattern, the practice pages that emphasize this pattern, and all of the additional activity pages that review the words in a fun and motivating way.
Final Thoughts on the Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write Activity Book
I highly recommend using the Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write activity book. My daughter has been able to develop emerging spelling skills while having a great time completing the activity pages. I also recommend checking out the sample pages before purchase to ensure you get a grade level that matches your child’s abilities. This is probably more important in early grades, when spelling and reading skills may vary more between children. Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write is available for grades Pre-K to 6, so you should be able to find an appropriate spelling activity book for any of your elementary aged children. CLICK HERE to go to Evan-Moor’s website to see additional sample pages of each level.
Do you want a reading activity book to go with the Spelling & Writing one? CLICK HERE to read my review of Skill Sharpeners Reading.
Schlagal, R. C. (2002). Classroom spelling instruction: History, research, and practice. Reading Research & Instruction, 42(1), 44-57.