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The Mechanics of English Spelling

Speaker:  Don McCabe, Noted Author of To Teach a Dyslexic and The Patterns of English Spelling


Participants will learn what research reveals about the following topics:

  • The origin of the five different types of English spelling, the Simple, the Fancy, the Insane, the Tricky, and the Scrunched Up.

  • Why what is taught in Grades 1- 3 is not enough for 4th Graders to read to learn.

  • How Handwriting Exercises Can Be Used to "Smuggle" in Phonics,  Vocabulary Building, Old Fashioned Basic Grammar, and Spelling.

  • How to Use AVKO's Word Families in Sentence Context or How to Get Students to Help You Create Reading Materials.

  • What most students never learn unless they're taught, including many of the gifted.


Participants will receive  special AVKO handouts that will:

  • enable them to evaluate any spelling program,

  • construct their own sequential spelling program based upon their students' needs,

  • learn how to help students learn without having to study word lists and without having to copy, copy, copy, copy, copy, copy, copy.

  • learn how to help students learn to spell without having to waste precious after-school-at-home-time correcting papers.

See also: Workshop Recordings

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