Primary Spelling by Pattern

What is Primary Spelling by Pattern?

Primary Spelling by Pattern is a teacher resource for grades 1–3 that includes activities, games, and songs to help students understand and use the regular sound-symbol patterns of English. It goes beyond a regular spelling program to a comprehensive word study program.

Why Primary Spelling by Pattern?

  • Departs from a traditional emphasis on rote memorization of word lists
  • Students learn basic spelling patterns in conjunction with decoding patterns
  • Skills are introduced in sequence to match the instruction of decoding strategies
  • Special memory strategies are taught for irregular words


Primary Spelling by Pattern has three levels. Features include:

  • Word games, songs, poems, stories wtih pattern words, and story dictations to teach high-frequency words
  • Spelling skills and concepts
  • Engaging practice in context with multisyllabic and more difficult words
  • Flexible implementation options for teachers
  • Cumulative, systematic, explicit, and effective instructional techniques