Teaching kids to spell includes much more than a list of spelling words students should memorize and write on a spelling test each week. Effective spelling methods do not rely on rote memorization, but are developmentally appropriate and hands-on. Word Study is a widely research-based spelling approach whose purpose is to “examine words in order to reveal the logic and consistencies within [the] written language system and to help student achieve mastery in recognizing, spelling, and defining specific words” (Words Their Way, Bear, et. al, 2012).
Word Study is developmentally appropriate because it takes into consideration what the student understands or does not yet understand about spellings and word meanings to discover where spelling instruction should start. This is accomplished by looking at the student’s misspellings of certain word patterns (from simple words like man to more complex words such as multitude). It is hands-on in that it requires students to analyze, manipulate, and create meaningful and logical generalizations of how word spellings work.
Short Vowels Word Study app is based on the Word Study approach described above and is for students in the late Letter Name-Alphabetic Spellers to early Within Word Pattern Spellers, according to the spelling development levels of Words Their Way.
Short Vowels Word Study helps kids learn the spelling patterns related to word families and longer short vowel words through developmentally appropriate and hands-on spelling activities.
Short Vowels Word Study teaches kids who are ready for:
> word families,
> short vowel words (CVC), and
> longer short vowel words with blends and diagraphs (CCVC and CVCC)
The Spelling Activities Included:
SORT IT - Sorting words based on their spelling pattern.
FIND IT - Analyzing words based on their patterns and finding the one that does not fit based on its phonics sound or visual pattern.
SPELL IT - Manipulating letter tiles to spell short vowel words.
WRITE IT - Spelling short vowel words by tracing and writing the word.
Short Vowels Word Study Bonus Sections
- a parent section that explains the theory behind the spelling activities included in the app
- a “Word Fun” section, where kids can play hands-on spelling games after earning stars from their spelling activities
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To read more about teaching kids to spell through a developmental approach to spelling, visit This Reading Mama or purchase her book, Teaching Kids to Spell.
Teaching spelling is more than memorizing of a list of unrelated words. It can be meaningful and developmentally appropriate, providing the phonics support that beginning and struggling readers need. Short Vowels 3.0 has been completely rewritten to provide a better developmental approach to effective spelling using the word study method.
With Short Vowels 3.0, you can select the specific word family or short vowel patterns your learners will practice from the three sort menus. Learners can make meaningful generalizations about how spelling works as they sort the words, spell the words, write the words, and play word games with the words from the sorts. This gives learners multiple and meaningful exposure to each spelling pattern.
Ratings and Reviews
So close to great.
Overall I am pretty pleased with this game. However, it has no form of traditional gamification that will give the player a sense of progression. The only "reward" is an audio "Great job." It is most useful if you pick a particular thing you want someone to work on and then hand them the iPad. It would really only progress to a great app if you were able to instruct a child they have 30 minutes to play on the game and it would progressively get harder. The Number one complaint from my kid was that the games never end. All of that being said the games included are clever and fun. If you plan on sitting next to a child while they use this it should work great, but self guided play is unlikely.
There is no sound in this app
I like this app. I will use it at school. I would like to see at least a couple of changes. It would be more helpful to hear the letter sounds when spelling than the letter names. The letter printing demos need to be slowed down a great deal. It would be even better to see a colored line showing the letter as it it formed.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.