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    #16
    I just received the final books I needed for next year. I have been thumbing through spelling. I thought words would be grouped by a phonetic pattern or rule, but I'm having trouble picking out a discernable pattern to the word lists. Is it grouping two different spelling patterns or phonics into one list? Or something else? I feel foolish that fourth grade spelling is stumping me.
    Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

    DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
    DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
    DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

    We've completed:
    Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
    Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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      #17
      If you look at Lesson 2 and beyond, you'll see boxes with notes about patterns.

      Example: Lesson 2, "Between two vowel sounds a consonant sound is usually spelled with a single letter when the vowel sound before it is long (as in meter). When the first vowel sound is short, the consonant sound is usually spelled with double letters (as in mitten)." Rather than group ALL words into a list with this pattern in a potentially overly-obvious way, as we do in early years of spelling (mitten, kitten), which might now lead to simple memorization, this rule combines with other rules to create a little more challenge to each lesson and ease into the slightly more "dialectic" stage of word analysis.

      If it would help, you could pre-group the words by phonetic pattern as in previous programs.

      Example: In Lesson 2 you might create review the /ea/ vowel team. Then teach the Lesson 2 words with this pattern: team, beans, heap, beads. Ask if any other word in the list has a long e? (weed) How is that word spelled? (ee). Set that word in its own category. Then move to another pattern in the lesson, such as double letters: bottom, rabbit, hammer, etc. Use the boxes to guide your search and help you create these mini word lists.

      Sometimes the words might be grouped by word structure rather than phonetic pattern, as with contractions.

      You can group these before you begin or have your son help you "hunt down" the words that fit the patterns. You might issue him a magnifying glass for this portion and conduct the pre-grouping in the same manner each day. You might find that this process helps his spelling throughout the course. After the grouping exercise on the first day, you can proceed to teach as indicated in the Teacher Manual.

      I hope that helps! If yes, we'll add some notes to the Curriculum Manual.

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