What is Spellings for Me?
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|Traditional Spelling Workbooks|
Children's spelling are differentiated according to individual ability.
(Tailor-made spellings for each child)
|Children are challenged appropriately according to their ability not simply their age or class.|
|Exercises included are best for learning and based on words the child doesn’t know how to spell.|
|Spellings that are most common and relevant to the child will be mastered first before moving on to the more difficult, less frequently used words.|
|Individualised tests for each child.|
|Test can be self-corrected by the child and checked instantly to see if they are marked correctly.|
|Incorrect words are stored for the children to work on in future.|
|Spelling is linked to writing. Spelling tests and vocabulary pertaining to each of the writing genres are included.|
|Dictation sentences correspond to each list/level.|
|Different variations of testing - Dictation Sentences tests/ Spelling tests/ Learning Words tests/ Mastered Words tests/ Writing Genres tests.|
|Children can test themselves on words they have previously mastered.|
|Learning is based on a visual approach- identifying pictures, letter strings, mnemonics in words the child specifically doesn’t know how to spell.|
|Children who are struggling with spelling (or may have a specific learning difficulty in relation to spelling) are very apparent to the teacher.|
|Section specifically studying etymology included.|
Spellings for Me is an online and an offline programme. The online aspect is the child's profile,
where they log in and take a series of tests. The offline aspect is the differentiated workbook.
This is a valuable resource to accompany the online program. It provides a clear framework of activities for
both teachers and students. Within this framework, are differentiated activities that support the child's
learning of the errors they made online.
Despite being a “spelling workbook”, it is still completely differentiated, as children print out their
spellings from their individual
online profile and paste them into the workbook.
The child works according to their ability, not their class or age.
No two children will have the same spellings, as no two children are the same!
Spellings for Me is written by primary school teachers, Emma Doherty & Patrick Grace.
"When writing the programme it was important that it was easy for teachers to facilitate. We are teachers ourselves and are fully aware of how busy Irish classrooms are. Spellings for Me provides a meaningful, differentiated programme for each individual child.
We lean on the technology to take the workload away from the teacher in creating individual spelling programmes for their students. We are very excited for children to benefit from their tailor-made spelling experiences".
Author: Improving Children's Spelling & Spelling and Handwriting.
"When providing CPD for teachers, I am regularly asked to recommend a practical computer program that would contribute to the development and progression of children’s spelling ability. Spellings for Me has long been overdue and as an Irish production, it ticks all the boxes for what teachers require of such a program. The teachers’ manual, which accompanies the program, clearly explains how to set up and activate the program. Ascertaining the child’s automatic spellings ability level is achieved through various tests. Dictation exercises and differentiation are integral parts of the programme. Self-correction is encouraged and any errors/miscues are placed in a “learning words” folder. When these words do become part of the child’s automatic spelling vocabulary they are placed in a “mastered words” folder. Opportunity for revising these “mastered words” is central to the whole program. Emma and Patrick, both young teachers, are to be commended for this innovative program, which will have a huge effect on children’s spellings development both in the classroom and in the home".
Principal of Bishop Galvin National School, Templeogue
"Pupils learn best when an education programme is individually tailored to their learning needs. For years teachers have differentiated spellings based on workbooks with pre-determined lists, which often have little or no relevance to their pupils’ everyday reading and writing tasks. The Friday spelling test is a tradition that has remained in many primary schools in Ireland. In Bishop Galvin NS, we wanted to change that tradition, to enable our pupils to learn to spell the words that they regularly use. Our aim was to both support pupils’ learning, and to challenge them to continue to improve their ability in spellings, at every level. Spellings for Me is the resource that we needed, offering an inclusive and interactive personalised programme for each pupil to experience success and continually improve. Feedback from pupils, teachers and parents has been so positive and we can already see the benefits! Patrick and Emma are experienced teachers and have provided practical and helpful follow-up support to our school in getting started. I highly recommend this programme".
Principal of St. Louis Senior Primary School, Rathmines
"Spellings for Me has transformed the approach to both the teaching and learning of spellings in our school. The children have ownership of their own spellings. The fun and creative spelling tasks that are included in the programme enable the children to master their learning words at their own pace. This individualised online programme ensures that each child is working at his/her own level using a structured and differentiated approach that is 100% centred on each child and his/her needs. Feedback from teachers, parents and pupils has been very positive. We would recommend this programme to all schools looking for a new approach to the teaching and learning of spellings".
Special education teacher
" Spellings for Me is an absolutely incredible tool for students to progress through spellings at their own level. The interface is so user-friendly and the programme is a dream to use. The amount of added optional extras available for teachers to use as they choose is outstanding too. I massively recommend Spellings for Me. It is a long-overdue upgrade from the old fashioned spelling lists and spelling workbooks we've become so used to but never really benefitted the kids. Thank you Spellings for Me".
" Spellings for Me is an absolutely fantastic, individualised programme for all children to learn spellings at their own level. The programme is completely tailor-made to the child and their ability - not the class that they are in and no two children have the same spellings. This has completely changed spellings in primary schools for the better. As a class teacher, I am delighted to see the children in my class progress and experience success at their own level. It does wonders for their self-esteem. Despite the programme being individualised, I find it so much easier to implement this programme in the busy classroom as opposed to the old spelling workbooks. The user friendly and attractive website collates all the results for me giving me a fantastic overview and a meaningful report of what spelling stage each child is at. I highly recommend Spellings for Me".
"I love Spellings for Me! I can be creative in my homework. The pictures I draw help me remember how to spell my Learning Words".
"Spellings for Me is really good. My spellings used to be way too easy and I knew them already. Now I have to learn words I don’t know how to spell. I love the games too".
A parent's email to a school using Spellings for Me
"I just wanted to contact you regarding the new Spellings for Me programme that has been introduced to the school. It is a very exciting project and I believe it reflects the school’s ethos of inclusivity and the recognition of each child as an individual. It makes so much sense. I want to thank you and your team for your dedication to improving the learning opportunities for our children".
"Thursday nights were always a dread in our house. My daughter hated the weekly Friday spelling test. Her spellings were very difficult for her and she would become disheartened by her results. Spellings for Me has changed her view on spellings completely. She is working on spellings at her own level. She is progressing and succeeding at her own pace. She loves logging in at home".
"I want to sincerely thank you for developing this programme.
My daughter has dyslexia, so spelling tests were a weekly stressor that highlighted her weaknesses and eroded her confidence. I am so happy that our school has embraced this programme. While it is important that this will optimise learning for every child across all levels of spelling ability - I want to emphasise the psychological benefits for the 1 in 10 children with dyslexia - this programme removes the stress of 'failure' and comparison with peers - which can erode self esteem. The look of relief on my child's face when she learned that this programme was to replace the weekly spelling test was priceless...
As parents we are extremely grateful".
View or download a PDF on how Spellings for Me fits into the:
Look at our "Pricing & ordering" section. There you can download an order form and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will set up your school account with the amount of requested users, deliver the workbooks and invoice you. That’s it!
Download an order form here:Order form
The Spellings for Me workbook costs €8.50 per child. Once the Spellings for Me workbook has been purchased, the child will gain access to their online profile for free. This would replace the child's current traditional spelling workbook. You could add this to their book bill. Once your school has purchased the Spellings for Me workbooks, we will give you the same number of online pupil profiles in your school account. i.e. You order 400 Spellings for Me workbooks, we will unlock 400 online student profiles.
Yes. Please email us at email@example.com
for available dates.
Don't forget to change your School Personal URL before logging in.
To do this you should:
Initially, we suggested Spellings for Me to be used with 2nd class onwards. Level 1 begins with simple two letter and three letter words. 1st class would be able for the content. The only reason we decided to not include 1st class was because of their limited IT skills. We felt 1st classes might find the logging in/typing element difficult and the teacher would have to help all 28/30 children which would be quite stressful. However, we have received feedback on this from 1st class teachers. We have found that a lot of 1st classes are using Spellings for Me to great success. The general consensus was that it was difficult at the start to get every child to turn on the device, go to the website and log in. Their typing skills were poor. However, they reported that after a week or two of Spellings for Me, their typing skills have improved and the children were able to log in successfully independently. A great tip we got was to introduce a 'Buddy' system for spellings with a senior class. (Similar to paired reading, but with Spellings for Me). The senior child would mentor the 1st class child in navigating the website, logging in etc. They could also help with offline spelling work too if this was needed. Some teachers even began the programme with their senior infant classes.
You can download our instructions here.
Our 'Importing Users by Bulk and Managing Class Folders' video is very helpful. Click here to view it!
Alternatively, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do all the work for you in setting up all users within your school.
Spellings for Me currently offers school subscriptions only. If your child's school already uses Spellings for Me, click here to download a Parental Guide on how to support your child using this programme.
Yes Spellings for Me is available outside of Ireland. Currently we have schools throughout the UK, UAE and many language schools across Europe. International delivery charges apply. Please email us at email@example.com for more information.
Yes. Spellings for Me offers schools a 6 week free trial for a limited number of students per school. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to avail of the free trial.
The Spellings for Me workbook costs €8.50 per child. With this, the child will gain access to their online profile for free.
To order Spellings for Me workbooks to your school please download the order form and email it to us at email@example.com
Download your order form below:Order form
If your school has purchased the Spellings for Me workbooks, we will give you the same number of online pupil profiles in your school account. i.e. You order 400 Spellings for Me workbooks, we will unlock 400 online student profiles.