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It's the Weekend, and I Was Wondering...

Ya know how they say New York is the city that never sleeps? I think something similar could be said of homeschooling mothers ~ we never stop homeschooling, even on the weekends.

Today is Saturday, and I've been up and at it since 6:30am. I've read the Bible (seeking His wisdom about the upcoming week's homeschool), prayed (asking Him to bless my homeschool efforts next week), thought about how the day's activities can be a time of learning (we're reseeding our yard and there are plenty of teaching opportunities involved), and made a purchase on Amazon (every item I bought is for use in our homeschool).

Since I spend a good portion of my weekend "homeschooling", I'm sure many of you do, too. That got me thinking...

Why not ask what other moms homeschool related questions? I'm sure that all of you have tons of wisdom gleaned over your time homeschooling that you'd just love to share with me!

This weekend, I am wondering what spelling programs do you use? Give me as little or as much detail as you like. I'll be watching to see what you have to say!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Day 118 done :)

Jan L. Burt


  1. My 3rd grader is using Soaring with Spelling which is a very traditional approach to spelling. I won it at a facebook party and like it very much. She also used Big IQ Kids to practice the words.

    My 6th grader is using Natural Speller. I am using Illuminations this year and there are spelling lessons for Natural Speller included. I am using the word lists from that and moving at a faster pace (started him at a lower level) and using Big IQ Kids also.

    My older kids really don't do spelling.

    I am visiting from the crew and following you now. Would love for you to follow me too.

    Karen @

  2. All About Spelling! The hands-on approach has helped my boys a TON actually retaining what they learn. That, and learning the rules of spelling, not just random words. :)

  3. My 3rd & 5th graders are using Soaring with Spelling ( . They both love it and I do too. It is a very basic approach to spelling with a spelling list & pre-test on Monday, they do a page a day in the workbook and take a test on Friday. We use Spelling City ( to help them learn the words also. I like how Soaring with Spelling teaches them the definitions of the words also and not just the spelling. It is also a curriculum that doesn't cost a lot either.

  4. Great idea! Diggy Diggy

  5. We use Spelling Power, but we don't do all the activities. We do a pretest, the study sheet, a test, and a review. I did set up spelling activities on the Big IQ site with their spelling words, but I don't think they've really done much with them.

  6. Hi Jan, We're past the age of spelling as a formal subject. I do check spelling in their writing and correct their misspellings on FaceBook. lol Reading can be a strong key to good spelling as well. The more they read and the variety of what they read helps them with vocabulary, writing and spelling. I did use SpellingCity to create spelling lists for quizzing and practice. It's a great free resource! April (Now following)

  7. This is such a great question and I will be watching the answers closely!!

  8. My daughter has always struggles with spelling UNTIL we found The Phonetic Zoo from The Institute for Excellence in Writing.

  9. This is such a great idea! I do not use a spelling program per se but I have them copy some spelling words. I also use Natural Speller and make up my own spelling lessons - basically learning spelling rules.


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