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Spelling Program ($27/mo)

Making Spelling Sense Learn to Spell with Spelling Patterns and Phonics

“My son couldn’t spell. He came home in tears every week after taking his spelling test. Our lives changed when we found Making Spelling Sense. It was just what we needed. It was a 100% turnaround! I noticed the improvement immediately, but it became more dramatic as time went on. He now comes home with smiles.”

Margie K., CA

“My son knows the rules. He spells very well now. I’m very impressed with the strides he’s made in spelling.”

Anne B., PA

Your child or students can learn how to spell over 500 of the most frequently used words in the English language very quickly with our step-by-step method. In fact, you will be able to spell thousands of words.

Learn to Spell With Ease

Watch a Family Learn to Spell Quickly

Watch 3 children at different grade levels and ability levels. Making Spelling Sense is used by all levels (1st and above) to learn the 8 spelling patterns. Then move on to Making Spelling Sense II to learn about prefixes, suffixes, and root words.

Overwhelmed with trying to learn to spell?

  • Is your child struggling every week with their spelling lists?
  • Do you get frustrated trying to help them with learning spelling?
  • Does your child apply the spelling they have learned to actual writing assignments?
  • Do you wonder if there is an easy way to help your child remember how to spell?

Learn to Spell Quickly

Can you imagine learning spelling not being hard for your child? You know we learn by seeing, hearing, and doing so in our learn how to spell program, Making Spelling Sense, we use visual, auditory, and tactile modes of learning.  Your child is sure to learn how to spell. We use a very easy method that uses phonics and word structure and it is sequentially based. It also strengthens visual perception through the puzzles and other exercises that are provided. There is a structure to English, and if we teach spelling according to the structure, everyone can spell!

  • Can you imagine the day you read their writing assignment and you understand words they wrote because they didn’t misspell them?
  • It can happen! Learning spelling doesn’t have to be hard if you understand the 8 ways we actually put letters together to make words.

The First Learn to Spell Quickly Secret

The first learn to spell secret is that spelling is closely related to phonics and the word attack skills of encoding and decoding. In fact, there is a direct connection between spelling, phonics, decoding, and encoding. When you are trying to spell a word you usually sound it out as you are spelling it and then check it over once you’ve written it down. That process is encoding. When you come upon a word you don’t know you usually try to sound it out. That is decoding. So working with words whether you are encoding or decoding them, you are actually working with spelling. When learning spelling (encoding and decoding) improves, reading improves. You know what it’s like, each week your child comes home from school and has to get ready for another spelling test. You quiz them on the words, because that is what your parents did when you were learning. You might even have your kids write their spelling words down a few times to help them remember them. And often they come home upset because they didn’t do well on the spelling test.

The Story Behind the Learn to Spell Secret

When my daughter was in the first grade she would come home from school and immediately run into her room and fling herself on her bed crying. This happened every Wednesday. It was like clockwork. She always wanted to get a top mark in spelling and really struggled with it. Unfortunately, at that time I did not have the knowledge about learning spelling that I do now. So I did what most parents do, I quizzed her on her spelling words.

The Underlying Cause of Learn to Spell Problems

Over the years working with my students, I’ve found that those that had a difficult time learning spelling usually had some sort of an auditory processing difficulty. Often the problem isn’t even one you would see the schools address because it isn’t enough of a problem to warrant intervention. It is only one that makes for ‘poor’ spelling for your child. So I knew I needed to teach spelling with some sort of a system that would address the auditory problems.

The Second Learn to Spell Quickly Secret

I started using a process for teaching spelling with the sounds of the letters and my kids started to improve. But they got to a certain point and then they were stuck again. So I continued to search for a better way. When my daughter was in the 6th grade I attended a seminar and came across the second secret, the eight ways (patterns) we use to put letters together to form words. Once I discovered the 8 spelling patterns, I used that knowledge along with the sound system for teaching spelling. But I was using twice the time to teach it, so I finally decided that I needed to combine the processes and developed a way to put the patterns together in an auditory, visual, and tactile method to teach spelling. This special way of teaching spelling then became one where the underlying cause of spelling problems is addressed at the same time as teaching the structure of the English language (eight patterns).

The Learn to Spell Solution

After 30 + years of developing my program with students, teachers, and parents, and taking time to perfect it, hundreds of requests from teachers and parents came in. They all wanted to use the learn to spell system I had developed. So, I wrote my method down and created Making Spelling Sense™. With it, your child can become a good speller and learn to spell over 500 of the most frequently used words in the English language. By using this step-by-step learn to spell method, your child will learn to spell and be able to spell thousands of words. Using visual, auditory, and tactile modes of learning, your child is sure to learn. It is phonetically and sequentially based. In addition to teaching spelling, it also teaches your kids how to decode (sound out words) and encode (put letters to the sounds that make up words). It also strengthens visual perception through the puzzles and other exercises that are provided. There is a structure to the English language, and if we teach spelling according to the structure, learning spelling is easy for everyone! And, using this learn to spell method, Making Spelling Sense, also improves your reading skills!

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