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Spelling Word List Enhance on SpellingCity

VocabularySpellingCity has just added pages with more complete spelling lists per grade.  These are available to both their premium (ie paid) and free users.

Here for example is the content for the first grade word lists:

In first grade spelling, students should demonstrate command of words with common spelling patterns and frequently used irregular words, as well as grade-level sight words. They should be able to apply grade-level phonics to decode one- and two-syllable words. They should understand standard grammar. They should be able to use verbs to convey past, present, and future, and frequently occurring nouns, adjectives, and prepositions.
The word lists include compound words, frequently confused words, lots of sight words, general purpose vocabulary, academic vocabulary, and domain vocabulary


For High School spelling and vocabulary, students should be able to analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (such as how the language evokes a sense of time and place or how it sets a formal or informal tone); they should be able to use language that is particularly fresh and engaging. They should demonstrate command of grammar and usage, correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (analyze, analysis, analytical; advocate, advocacy), and see how meaning of key terms are used and refined in texts. They should be able to use precise words, details, and sensory language, and understand how language functions in different contexts to make effective choices for meaning or style. They should be able to correctly use patterns of word changes to indicate different meanings or parts of speech (conceive, conception, conceivable) and interpret figures of speech such as hyperbole and paradox in context.


Free Resources Catalogs, Thanks to Symbaloo

Symbaloo, like Twitter, is a surprising success in social media. It turns out to be really popular particularly in education, including homeschooling.  People create collections of links which they organize into webmixes made of tiles.  Here are a collection of webmixes for your convenience:

Kindergarten free educational resources
1st Grade free educational resources
2nd Grade free educational resources
3rd grade free educational resources
4th grade free educational resources
5th grade free educational resources
homeschoolwebsites educational resources
Elementary Science
Science Songs
VocabularySpellingCity Games & Resources 


Self Directed Learners are….

From the Desk of Blake Boles

I get a newsletter from Blake Boles, one of the gurus of a new postmodern approach to education and particularly to college. If you don’t know about him and haven’t read his book on doing college your own way, you should.    Blake Boles website.     I particularly like #4 about their affinity for both high tech and low tech….


Hey everyone, here’s a list of common traits of “self-directed learners” (of all ages) I’ve observed. What do you think?Self-directed learners are…

1. People who seek a very wide diversity of experiences in life
2. Skeptical of common cultural values
3. Intolerant of boredom and bureaucracy
4. Fascinated by both high-tech (e.g. the internet) and low-tech (e.g. off-grid living) because each lets you blaze your own path
5. Entrepreneurial—they want to control their work and personal schedule
6. Self-confident, sometimes to the point of arrogance
7. Independent and self-reliant, sometimes to a fault (e.g. they won’t accept help from others)
8. Optimistic about the future, because they understand the human capacity to learn and adapt