Since we already love Brian P. Cleary, I was excited to see another book by him at our library.
When I brought Miss Pell Would Never Misspell and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing How to Spell and Use Wily Words home with me, I really didn’t know if the kids would like it. Spelling really isn’t a favorite subject in this house. At times, it has been a bit more like pulling teeth. Much to my delight, Ruthie took to the book and studied all the memory tricks over and over again (on her own time, not “school” time).
The other day, she made a list for me of the words that she knew from Cleary’s memory tricks and actually asked me to give her a spelling test.
She honestly blew me away with the results. Up until now, her spelling curriculum had words like “farm” or “reach”.
So, did this book have really great ideas or was Ruthie just extra motivated? I think it was a combination of both.
What I love about the book:
- It explains lots of different ideas for memorizing and demonstrates the techniques throughout the book. (Every book in the series appears to have the same 2 pages about memorizing.
- My daughter chose to study spelling on her own and really enjoyed her success.
- There are great pictures that help you remember the memory tips for each word.
- There are still a number of words for Ruthie to learn. Some of the hints even would be more helpful for a child with a little more spelling under her belt. (And I have other children who will benefit also so we’ll have to check it out again sometime.)
- The book also has some pages about commonly misused homophones and other word usage mistakes that we still have to explore.
What Ruthie loves about the book:
- “It teaches you how to spell words.”
- “I got way ahead of my spelling book.”
Memorizing is something that some people are better at than others. Maybe you want to have your children memorize more or maybe memorizing is challenging for your family. We memorize a lot with Classical Conversations, but it is always good to learn new memorization techniques. If memorizing facts is something new to your family, you might really enjoy some of the other books in the series as well.
This series called Adventures in Memory also has books about science, social studies, and geography. Our library only has the science one so I really can’t speak to how detailed the other two are. For science, there are some science facts we memorize in CC and a number that we don’t. Here are the titles:
- Mrs. Riley Bought Five Itchy Aardvarks and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Science Facts
- Super-hungry Mice Eat Onions and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Geography Facts
- Washing Adam’s Jeans and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Social Studies Facts
If you find the Social Studies or Geography ones, please let me know what you think!