Lately The Princess has been using a new tool with her writing activities called See-N-Spell. See-N-Spell is simply a "quick reference guide for spelling and vocabulary".
The Princess, being in 3rd grade, is now doing a lot more writing exercises in her Language Arts studies. Of course, this involves a lot more asking of the question "How do you spell______?".
Now, I know that all children think it's the job of their parents to be a walking/talking dictionary--and I often am--but there comes a time when they need to take responsibility for finding out those spellings for themselves. However, that big dictionary on the bookshelf may be a bit daunting for them. Then comes See-N-Spell to the aid!
See-N-Spell truly is a quick reference guide for spelling and vocabulary. It's a 40-page booklet based on the 300+ most common vocabulary words used in the (American) English language. It's created to help young writers compose their writing assignments correctly and with confidence.
There are three sections to See-N-Spell. Section one is arranged in alphabetical order to help the writer easily find the word. Section two is all about commonly misspelled words and Section three is a special place to write down any *special interest words* that the writer may want to add to their guide.
Even though this book is recommended for grades 4-adult, this has been a great tool for my 3rd grader to use on her own to confidently find words she needs to spell. She has really enjoyed using it on her own. Now occasionally a word she's looking for isn't in this guide, but she is learning how to properly use a dictionary, too.
This book also comes with the See-N-Read Reading Tool.
See-N-Spell is available for purchase through the See-N-Read website for just 9.99. You can read more about that offer here.
You can read what other homeschool parents have to say about See-N-Spell here.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of See-N-Spell and the See-N-Read Reading Tool free of charge through The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and See-N-Read in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.