Welcome to Spelling Connections Online! This site features a variety of grade-level appropriate games and activities to help your child become a successful speller.

Things to know if your child is currently using Spelling Connections at his or her school:
o All games and activities relate to the grade-level, unit, and word lists being used in the classroom.
o Online games are designed to build vocabulary, develop proofreading abilities, and improve speed and fluency in spelling.
o Teachers may assign a username and password in order to monitor your child's progress. Privacy policy

Things to know if your child is not currently using Spelling Connections at his or her school:
o Encourage your child to use the online practice activities.
o Online games are designed to build vocabulary, develop proofreading abilities, and improve speed and fluency in spelling.
o Consider downloading Home Spelling Practice Pages and working together to complete and review the activities

Other tips:
o Make time for spelling! Spend time each week examining and writing spelling words together.
o Make a game of spelling practice! Many simple games such as "Tic-Tac-Toe," "I Spy," and "Simon Says" can be adapted to include spelling words. For example, your child must spell a called word correctly before taking a turn. Note: if your child misspells a word, always show the word to him/her, and ask him/her to spell the word aloud.
o View the video clips below for answers to FAQs about spelling and spelling development.

Noted spelling authority and author of Spelling Connections offers valuable insights and suggestions to encourage spelling development and preparing for "Friday's Test".

Meeting the demands of No Child Left Behind
The need for a stand-alone spelling program
Spelling and brain research

Click on the links below to view short, Question-and-Answer format video sessions:

How much time should I spend on spelling instruction?
How does Spelling Connections differ from other methods of teaching spelling?
What does the research tell us…?
Why do some students score…?
What is the best way to teach…?
How can I assess…?
How can I help my child prepare…?
How can I help my child become a good speller?
Why can't I just have my child…?
Is spelling important for a child just beginning to learn how to read?

About the Author, J. Richard Gentry, PhD

World-renowned as a keynote speaker, conference presenter, workshop facilitator, and author, Dr. Gentry is an acclaimed expert in the fields of literacy, beginning reading, and spelling development and has had a powerful impact on improving literacy in American schools.
Dr. Gentry, the author of several books on literacy, including The Science of Spelling, received a Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. For sixteen years, he taught Reading Education at Western Carolina University, where he directed the Reading Center.

Download spelling practice pages here