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Better Spelling in 5 Minutes a Day: Fun Spelling Activities for Kids and Parents on the Go Intermediate Grades (5 Minutes a Day) [Paperback]

By Mark Pennington (Author)
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Become a Super Speller—in Just Minutes a Day
Your child's education and progress are top priorities. Even so, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to help with homework and studies. You need an easy-to-teach, attention-grabbing aid that will lead your child to spelling success. Look no further! Inside are puzzles, games, and other creative educational activities that can unlock the secrets of great spelling.
Better Spelling in 5 Minutes a Day is the no-preparation and fun-learning complement to your intermediate grade child's schooling. You'll discover a practical collection of quick ideas and methods to help your child master the essential rules, sounds, and memory techniques for proper spelling. This exciting teaching resource provides valuable learning tools in an interesting, interactive format that includes:
·At the Kitchen Table: Activities for you and your child to do together
·On the Go: Activities for in the car, while waiting in line—anywhere!
·On Your Own: Supplementary activities for your child
·Imagine That! and Just for Fun!: Informative and fun spelling facts and jokes
·Lists of commonly confused and tough to spell words
Become a Super Speller—in Just Minutes a Day
Mark Pennington is a former middle and high school teacher who currently serves as a district elementary reading specialist, where he develops curriculum and assessments as well as teaches reading workshops. The author of Better Spelling in 5 Minutes a Day and Better Test-Taking Skills in 5 Minutes a Day he lives with his family in El Dorado Hills, California.

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Studio: Three Rivers Press
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2001
Publisher   Three Rivers Press
ISBN  0761524304  
ISBN13  9780761524304  

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nice idea; use with care  May 2, 2005
This book looks like a great idea. Reading through it, the theory & exercises all looked great. The "where are you at" test went well. Then we tried doing the first two exercises from "I before E." This chapter teaches children the I before E rule, saying that this can be used to improve your spelling, something like: "I before E except after C as in receive, or in words sounding like A as in neighbor or sleigh, where E before I is the way." I might not be spot-on with this quote, but that is the rule the child is supposed to learn & use.

The first exercise has 5 words with letters scrambled & a description of the word (e.g., every room has this, with "ceiling" scrambled). This was fine, but just barely starts to teach the child the IE/EI rule. The second exercise has rows of 5 words. The child is told to use the rule (poem) to determine which words are spelled correctly, and which words are spelled incorrectly. They are to find a path from correctly spelled word to correctly spelled word across a board. Fine, right?


The first word on the first row of list DOES NOT FOLLOW THE RULE! The word is mis-spelled, but will check out as okay according to the rule -- seize, spelled sieze. Nothing has been said in the instructions that there even ARE rule breakers! By following the rules -- as instructed! -- the child is being taught to mis-spell words! Then the correctly spelled word in the second row -- the only correctly spelled word -- also does not follow the rule -- foreign. You will take a child who is having trouble with their spelling and confuse them even more.

This book DESPERATELY needs the editor to have a team of technical reviewers go through, perform all of the exercises, and correct errors.

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After picking up this book from where we had thrown it (litterally) across the room, we decided to give it a second chance. The section for the second rule is very well done, and quite helpful. We are just starting into the third section, and overall the book looks promising. I haven't seen anything out there better than this book -- the others all are "memorize & forget" -- but check the exercise before giving it to your child, and skip the "I before E" chapter.
Great Tool  Sep 5, 2004
I borrowed this book from the library and found it to be a great tool. I've now purchased the book. I gave it only four stars because it uses only the American spellings, rather than giving the Canadian alternatives.

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