You Can Spell Book 3 (2e) : 9780582543171

You Can Spell Book 3 (2e)

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Pearson New Zealand
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You Can Spell Books 3 and 4 continue laying the foundations for learning to spell by taking a child's spelling competence to over 1000 of the most commonly used words in the English language. Books 3 and 4 are structured into weekly learning lists with a procedure that requires the children to spell only the words that they need to learn. The books contain activities that reinforce learning and humorous characters to guide the children along the way.

The You Can Spell series is an innovative New Zealand spelling programme. Eight books progressively introduce students to the 3770 most frequently used words in the English languages. Teacher's Guides are also available.

Author biography
Peter De Ath has taught at every school level, and is currently Principal of Lake Brunner School, Moana, Westland. Some years ago, he asked the question, What are the characteristics of good spellers? His university research produced some interesting results, which form the basis of the You Can Spell series.
Series overview

In 1984, Peter De Ath was engaged by the University of Canterbury to investigate the characteristics of proficient spellers. The You Can Spell programme, developed from that investigation, reflects such research findings as: the importance of establishing a reliable learning technique at an early age, mastering the most commonly used words in the learning progress, and the vital role parents/caregivers play in establishing a spelling consciousness.

About the programme:

  • Eight Mastering Sets based on the frequency of usage of words
  • Learning lists for each Set are pretested to locate the words a child needs to learn
  • Persistent errors are corrected and the words learned again
  • Involves homework and motivation from parents/caregivers
  • Rewards achievement of each Set
  • Starts in junior classes
  • Anticipates proficiency by the end of Year 8
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