- A unique, new solution for adults and students of all ages
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It turns out, one idea is key ...
Reading doesn't improve spelling, the opposite is true.
Spelling improves reading and reading improves writing.
Spelling = Literacy
However, when it comes to spelling, we fail struggling learners in two ways:
- We don't help them learn, we tell and test. Most classroom learning and computer programs tell and test. This benefits review, but not learning.
- We give learners ways to learn that don't work: dozens of spelling rules and all their exceptions, word roots and origins, phonemes and graphemes, and rules of syllabication, as well as worksheets and games that don't relate to real language experiences. [Go on-line > that's what you'll find.]
I didn't want to fail learners who had already been failed, and I wanted young learners to avoid failure down the road. I was struggling to find a real solution. So I began to develop one of my own.
And that's when I had my epiphany ...
Out of the blue, these words popped into my head, 'word walk'.
At first, I didn’t get it ...
... but I knew struggling learners need to experience success right from the get-go. They've lost faith in their ability to learn, and in people's ability to teach them.
So I thought of the word walk like this... Why don't we take all the words learners need to learn and sequence them from most common to least common and easiest to hardest. Then learners can take small doable steps. Sounds good doesn't it?
It sounds good until you realize ...
This already happens in classrooms and computer apps! There are 10,000 to 20,000 words in the average vocabulary, and current spelling programs offer learners endless lists of these words.
Now I suppose with a little gamification and lot of time and effort, some progress is bound to occur? But the learning process will take years, not weeks, and the learning methods are not the best.
We need a fool-proof way to learn words
and a short list of words to learn!
So I started by gathering together activities that work like magic to make spelling words impossible to forget.
So I wondered, 'How many different ways can learners misspell sounds?'
How many words would emerging and struggling spellers need to practice to avoid future mistakes and fix current mistakes? Maybe the 'key' words I was looking for could represent each of those sound-spellings.
(And 80 of those 201 sound-spellings only exist in uncommon words!)
There are only 121 ways to misspell sounds
in the common words we use 95% of the time!
These numbers got me really excited about the word walk idea ...
Instead of practicing the 10,000 or 20,000 words of an average vocabulary, the right kind of practice with 121 words would make a massive difference. Learners would get a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and confidence.
This list of 201 'key' words is the second gift I have for you.
In the list, similar sound-spellings are grouped together and the 'key' words are divided into 3 groups: very common, common, and uncommon.
Practice with just 30 'key' words would be enough to change old habits and build life-changing skills!
The 'Word-Walk' had now become
the Wordskillz™ 30-Word Quest©!
And the learning process couldn't be simpler ...