Spelling Made Easy is a successful and popular series enabling children to learn and develop the fundamental skills needed when learning how to spell.
The ‘Spelling Made Easy’ series was conceived by Violet Brand and written and published at a time when teaching reading and spelling through phonics was out of fashion in the UK, as were multi-sensory techniques.
Since then the introduction of Literacy Strategies in the UK and other English speaking countries has led to a reassessment of teaching methods. As a result, it is now usual to teach spelling and reading through phonics.
The word lists are exhaustive and presented in a specific order. Quite deliberately for instance the books start with ‘a’ – ‘o’ – ‘i’ – ‘e’ – ‘u’ as Violet Brand’s experiences led her to conclude that ‘a’ is easily confused with ‘e’ and should be separated by other short vowels to minimize confusion.
The ‘Spelling Made Easy’ books provide a structured, cumulative, multisensory spelling programme which benefits all children, including those with dyslexic difficulties.