Spelling Wisdom US books 1–5 bundle

Spelling Wisdom

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Our CM-style spelling curriculum that teaches today’s 6,000 most frequently used words presented in the writings of great men and women of history. Available in both American and British spelling versions! (Grades 3–12)

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Teach spelling with some of the greatest minds in history!

Learn today’s 6,000 most frequently used words presented in the writings of great men and women of history! Now you can have the confidence that you’re teaching the words your student needs to know, using the Charlotte Mason method of prepared dictation.

  • Easy — Teaches spelling and punctuation in just a few minutes each week. (See our simple how to use Spelling Wisdom instructions.)
  • Thorough — Incorporates more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 most frequently used words in the English language.
  • Effective — Uses the tried-and-true method of prepared dictation, which Charlotte Mason endorsed.
  • Interesting and inspiring — Presents beautiful and fascinating ideas from great men and women of history that encourage and motivate children as they learn to spell the words.
  • Flexible — Allows you to progress at each student’s pace.
  • Saves Time — Can be used for copywork as well.

What Is Prepared Dictation?

Here’s a short video explaining more about prepared dictation and how it works.

A Complete Homeschool Spelling Curriculum

The five books’ exercises become progressively longer and contain more difficult words as you work through the series. Each book contains 140 exercises. If you cover two exercises per week, you should be able to finish a Spelling Wisdom book in a little less than two school years. Charlotte Mason began dictation exercises with students around the third or fourth grade. With that schedule in mind, here is a rough model of which books correspond to which grades:

Grades 3, 4, 5: Book One
Grades 5, 6, 7: Book Two
Grades 7, 8, 9: Book Three
Grades 9, 10, 11: Book Four
Grades 11, 12: Book Five

Quality Sources

Compiled from more than 170 quality sources, including:

  • Excerpts from more than 45 Literary Classics, such as Aesop’s Fables, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Black Beauty, David Copperfield, The Deerslayer, Freckles, Les Miserables, Little Women, Robinson Crusoe, The Secret Garden, The Story of My Life, and The Wind in the Willows.
  • Speeches and quotes of famous men, such as Sir Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington.
  • Charlotte Mason quotes and excerpts from Ourselves.
  • Letters written by famous men, such as Beethoven, Seneca, Mozart, and Abraham Lincoln.
  • More than 60 Poems, written by such poets as Stevenson, Wordsworth, Emerson, Longfellow, and Holmes.
  • More than 20 Scripture passages.
  • Excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays, plus several Sonnets.

Subjects Included

Exercises thoughtfully selected to support a generous education and broad curriculum, including:

Character Development
Language Arts

Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2012–2013 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2015 Cathy Duffy's Top 102 Picks 2015

Additional Information

Dimensions 11 x 8.5 in
Media Type

Printed Book, E-book (pdf)


American, British


Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 1–5 Bundle


Sonya Shafer

Suggested grades



Book 1: 172, Book 2: 180, Book 3: 182, Book 4: 192, Book 5: 226

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