This is a spelling assessment handbook to teach the most commonly used words. I came across this book on my journey searching for how to use the McGuffey readers. You can use it to test your student to find out what grade level they are in but that is a small part of this book. I am not concerned at what grade level they are in but want to improve their spelling from where they are and improving their writing by focusing on the most common used words .
The beginning of this book goes in to details of all the different studies and research in creating this list so its not just a list of words that one person came up with. It originally was to compare phonetic verses sight words method of learning to read. The studies have been done in 250 cities.
The beauty of this book is it has the the most common used 1,000 words in the English language used in writing.
Here is how the lists are broken down most common words we write:
As you can see this tool can be very handy when choosing what words to learn to spell in checking their dictation and narration work.
- 1rst 50 words = 1/2 of the words
- 1rst 300 words = more than 3/4 of the words
- complete 1,000 words= 9/10 of the words
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Here is an example of the first 50 words.
Here is an example of at the end of the week after I check their dictation work choosing words to work on for the next week. I don't have them do all of their misspelled words but use the word list to help pick and choose. I also will use my Spelling chart as I mentioned in another post if I see a spelling rule that needs worked on. This tool however is great for getting your students to write the most common words used in their writing assignments.
~* This is another tool I have found useful in my homeschool toolbox that I wanted to share.*~