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Basic Spelling Rules
- Short-Vowel Rule: When one-syllable words have a vowel in the middle, the vowel usually has a short sound. Examples: cat, dog, man, hat, mom, dad, got. If the letter after the vowel is f, l, or s, this letter is often doubled. Examples: staff, ball, pass.
- Two-Vowels Together: When two vowels are next to each other, the first vowel is usually long (the sound is the same as the sound of the letter) and the second vowel is silent. Examples: meat, seat, plain, rain, goat, road, lie, pie.
- Vowel-Consonant-e Pattern: When a short word, or the last syllable of a longer word, ends in this pattern vowel-consonant-e, then the first vowel is usually long and the e is silent. Examples: place, cake, mice, vote, mute.
- Y as a long I: The letter y makes the long sound of i when it comes at the end of a short word that has no other vowel. Examples: cry, try, my, fly, by, hi.
- Y as a long E: When y or ey ends a word in an unaccented syllable, the y has the long sound of e. Examples: money, honey, many, key, funny.
- I before E: Write i before e when the sound is long e except after the letter c. Examples: relieve, relief, reprieve. When there is a c preceding, then it is ei : receipt, receive, ceiling, deceive, conceive.
- E before I: Write e before i when the sound is long a. Examples: weight, freight, reign. Another way to remember this is: “I before e except after c, or when sounding like a as in neighbor and weigh.” When the ie/ei combination is not pronounced ee, it is usually spelled ei.
- Oi or Oy: Use oi in the middle of a word and use oy at the end of a word. Examples: boil, soil, toil, boy, toy.
- Ou or Ow: Use ou in the middle of a word and use ow at the end of words other than those that end in n or d. Examples: mouse, house, found, mount, borrow, row, throw, crow.
- Double Consonants: When b, d, g, m, n, or p appear after a short vowel in a word with two syllables, double the consonant. Examples: rabbit, manner, dagger, banner, drummer.
- The ch sound: At the beginning of a word, use ch. At the end of a word, use tch. When the ch sound is followed by ure or ion, use t. Examples: choose, champ, watch, catch, picture, rapture.
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- Helps children acquire new words and their meanings with a multifaceted approach
- Provides a list of words with questions about each, like asking them to define the word, use it in a sentence, or name its parts of speech
- Parents can choose from a variety of premade word lists or make their own
- Prescripted questions are provided, or parents can be creative with their own questions
- Perfect for reviewing vocabulary lists from other subjects
- Quick and easy grading with simple “correct,” “incorrect,” or “half correct” responses
- Parents can also add written or recorded feedback
- Gamification features apply – children earn fun and motivational badges for successful completion
- Provides targeted practice and additional support in problem areas
- Ensures children aren’t senselessly practicing mastered knowledge
- Gives children an opportunity to retake missed vocabulary and spelling words to improve their score
- Offers children a word tree, picture clue, definition, examples, synonyms, and translations for each missed word
- Includes badges and other fun gamification features
- Assigns words at a child’s precise Lexile® level
- Automatically graded by LightSail
- Adjusts to child’s ability as they progress
- Provides parents with multiple word lists to build their own assignments
- Builds phonemic awareness and vocabulary skills
- Identifies problem areas and provides targeted practice
- Includes badges and other fun gamification features
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