VocabularySpellingCity's Beginning Spelling Curriculum was developed to provide educators and parents of K-2 children with a sequence for moving from easiest to more difficult sound-symbol correspondences. It helps students achieve spelling success by systematically building strong foundational skills.
Words At A Glance
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short /a/ words
am, at, map, cat, mat, tap, can, hat
short /i/ words
in, pin, fin, lip, rip, pig, hit, big
short /o/ words
log, dot, top, hot, lot, ox, pop, hop
High Frequency Words #1
and, the, if, him, to, do, is, you
short /e/ words
pet, jet, red, bed, hen, ten, get, leg
short /u/ words
bug, rug, hug, up, sun, run, mud, cup
words with initial 'l' blend
clap, flap, flag, plop, plug, flip, slip, sled
High Frequency Words #2
are, for, he, be, on, it, with, my
words with initial 'r' & 's' blend
drop, drip, trap, trip, frog, stop, snap, swim
words with the final blend 'mp' OR 'nd'
bump, camp, jump, lamp, hand, land, pond, sand
words with the final blend 'nt' OR 'st'
went, tent, print, plant, best, test, nest, rest
High Frequency Words #3
who, all, does, have, what, sing, from, long
digraph 'th' words
this, that, then, thin, them, bath, math, path
digraph 'ch' & '-tch' words
chat, chip, chin, chop, chest, rich, itch, catch
digraph 'sh' words
ship, shop, shut, dish, fish, wish, rush, crash
High Frequency Words #4
come, here, could, how, like, down, there, two
words with double final consonants
bell, shell, hill, stiff, stuff, pass, class, buzz
words with a final 'ck'
back, check, clock, duck, lock, kick, rock, sick
long /a/ spelled with a_e pattern
came, make, late, shape, gave, brave, name, bake
High Frequency Words #5
what, find, into, write, old, ride, us, them
long /i/ spelled with i_e pattern
time, kite, bike, white, drive, mine, dime, life
long /o/ spelled with o-e OR o pattern
home, hole, rope, joke, bone, poke, so, no
long /e/ spelled with e, ee, ea, OR e_e pattern
me, she, eat, sea, read, feet, tree, these
High Frequency Words #6
help, made, was, want, from, pull, goes, many
words with initial three-letter blends str, scr, spl
string, street, scrap, scrub, stretch, splash, split, screen
long /a/ spelled with 'ai' OR 'ay'
play, spray, way, stay, mail, sail, rain, pain
long /o/ spelled with 'oa' OR 'ow'
boat, coat, float, soap, show, row, grow, snow
High Frequency Words #7
said, each, been, away, could, place, there, for
long /u/ spelled with u_e pattern
rule, mule, cube, tune, cute, use, tube, June
long /i/ spelled with a 'y', 'igh' OR 'ie'
try, sky, fly, dry, night, light, high, pie
short /e/ spelled 'ea'
head, dead, bread, dread, health, spread, sweat, threat, thread
High Frequency Words #8
put, pretty, again, more, where, some, day, may
r-controlled vowel 'ar'
arm, farm, yard, art, car, bark, jar, card
r-controlled vowel 'er', 'ir', 'ur'
her, fern, girl, bird, dirt, fur, hurt, turn, burn
silent consonant combinations 'wr' OR 'kn'
wrote, wrap, wrong, wreath, knee, knew, knock, knife
High Frequency Words #9
store, first, part, mother, other, water, number, word
vowel digraph /oo/ spelled 'oo', 'ew', OR 'ou'
soon, moon, noon, zoo, boot, new, blew, soup, group
vowel digraph /u/ spelled 'oo'
look, good, book, hook, cook, foot, wood, hood
diphthong /ou/ spelled 'ou' OR 'ow'
how, now, cow, town, owl, house, sound, count
High Frequency Words #10
about, down, out, work, people, funny, after, over, while, little
diphthong /oi/ spelled 'oi' OR 'oy'
boy, toy, joy, coin, join, oil, soil, coil
/au/ sound spelled 'o', 'au', 'aw' OR 'al'
soft, cost, cloth, pause, fault, yawn, straw, salt, talk, chalk
suntan, sandbox, bathtub, starfish, sunshine, homework, classroom, mailbox, butterfly, raincoat
High Frequency Words #11
all, ball, only, because, year, most, every, think, off, school
Beginning Spelling Curriculum may also be used as an intervention for struggling spellers regardless of age or grade level.
The curriculum is broken up into units of five weeks each:
Each of the first three weeks focuses on a regular spelling pattern.
The fourth week focuses on words that are most frequently used in reading and writing. Many of these high frequency words have irregular spelling patterns.
The fifth week is a review of the previous four weeks.