Spelling Mastery

Spelling Mastery is a six-level basal spelling series designed to achieve mastery.  It is targeted principally for students in school years 1-5.

The focus of Spelling Mastery is on teaching to a high level of mastery.  Spelling Mastery differs from traditional spelling curricula in three major areas:

(1)         The approach to contents

(2)       The organization of lessons

(3)        The method of lesson delivery.


Three approaches to spelling are whole word, phonetic, and morphemic.  Spelling Mastery is designed to maximize the advantages of each approach.  Whole word requires the students to memorize the spelling of individual words that do not follow phonetic or morphemic principles. Phonemic is based on sound/symbol correspondences. This approach provides beginning spellers with generalizations for spelling many words and word parts. This advantage is seen most obviously when the approach is applied to words composed entirely of predictable, stable elements.

The morphemic approach to spelling teaches students to spell units (bases and affixes) of words and to put them together to form words. The primary advantage of using morphographs is that a small number of them can be combined to form a large number of words.

 The progression of Spelling Mastery for Levels A through F is from phonemic generalizations to morphographic generalizations.  Levels A and B are primarily phonemic, but also include some basic morphographic generalizations.  Level C transitions from principally phonemic to principally morphographic generalizations.  Generalizations in the remainder of the series, Levels D-F, are morphographic.  Some words do not lend themselves to either phonemic or morphographic generalizations. These high utility irregular words are taught throughout the series using an intensive whole word approach.

 Levels A, B, C, D, E, and F are comparable as follows:



1st & 2nd













Spelling Mastery A begins after students have reached Lesson 50 in Reading Mastery I.