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What Are the Most Useful Rules of Spelling and Pronunciation?

After Riggs students can write and read 55 (of 71) spelling patterns (taught in the first few weeks of instruction), they start applying these patterns to the spelling of whole English words. As they begin to analyze about six words per day, their teachers introduce them to the rules that govern the spellings and pronunciations of English words (see below for the 47 rules taught).

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Can Kindergarten Kids do Riggs??

We often get calls from new-to-Riggs teachers who are surprised by the pace of our curriculum. A kindergarten teacher, who had attended one of our recent workshops under protest [not recommended], recently called to question the speed at which students can master our content. I listened. She said that her students, who had been in school for 60 days, had only gotten to lesson 10, and she said that none of them were really mastering any of the content.

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Do Riggs Students Use "Temporary" ("Phonetic") Spelling?

I recently read the following advice on a kindergarten teacher’s website:

As your child brings home writing for the first time, do not be surprised at the spelling. The English language is confusing to children. Premature insistence that students use standardized or “correct” spelling inhibits their desire and ability to write. We will use “temporary spelling” in our work.

How Do I Organize My Riggs Day?

Teaching the Riggs Institute’s comprehensive, coherent language arts program requires a significant time commitment. When Riggs teachers first learn that they will be devoting about 2.5 hours a day to the teaching of language arts, they sometimes (often) panic. Yikes! How can they teach Riggs for 2.5 hours a day? And where will they get 2.5 hours per day? And so on.

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