My Very First Catholic Speller

Spelling & Phonics


Spelling & Phonics, Grade 1

A simplified, effective approach to phonetic spelling. Lessons include phonics instruction and vocabulary-building exercises, so you don’t have to purchase separate phonics and vocabulary programs!


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The My Catholic Speller series provides a phonics-based approach to spelling in a format that is simple to teach and simple to learn, while fostering a love for Our Lord and His Church in every lesson.

My Very First Catholic Speller is a spelling and phonics worktext for little ones who have just learned to read, based on the same phonics method taught in Little Stories for Little Folks. A variety of activities are utilized in each lesson to hold the child’s interest.

This self-contained program includes:

  • “Presenting the Lesson” guidelines with each lesson
  • Removable answer key in the back of the book
  • Cardstock letter tiles for practice in forming words
  • Activities that teach introductory grammar and writing (capital letters and periods, writing practice, word study)

Recommended for advanced kindergarten or average first grade. A daily schedule for this program is available in CHC Lesson Plans for First Grade.

Product Code: MVFCS
Format: Softcover
Binding: Spiral binding
Page Count: 85 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9780988379756
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: A removable answer key is included in the back of the book.

Nancy Nicholson is one of the founding authors of Catholic Heritage Curricula. Equipped with an abundance of God-given talent, a major in Secondary Education–English, and years of experience homeschooling her own children, she has written over thirty educational titles, beginning with Little Stories for Little Folks. Her unique ability to develop programs and workbooks that “fit” both advanced and struggling students is due to her experience raising children of different ability levels and learning styles: two of her children are developmentally challenged, while another went on to graduate from Harvard and is now a college professor.

Q: How much reading and phonics instruction is necessary before beginning My Very First Catholic Speller?

A: Before beginning this worktext, the child must be able to identify all uppercase and lowercase vowels and consonants, both by name and by their most common sounds. The child should be able to read at least short-vowel words such as “Dad,” “big,” and “hand.”

Q: How do I know which book to choose for appropriate placement level?

A: The best way to determine the appropriate level is to print the sample pages provided within CHC’s Grade-level Interactive Guides. Then you can give the sample lessons to your child to complete in order to see which grade level is most appropriate. You can access the Interactive Guides for different grade levels here.

Q: Do I need a separate phonics workbook in addition to this spelling workbook?

A: Whenever two subjects can be incorporated into one, it is beneficial to student and teacher alike. Since spelling is based upon phonics, having two separate programs is a little like having a class in numbers in addition to a math class. Some schools teach phonics separately because the whole language or sight-reading program that they also employ doesn’t include phonics.

So the phonics materials become an add-on to make up for a deficient reading program. The problem with this approach is that the phonics is being taught separately from reading, which again makes as much sense as teaching numbers as an afterthought to math. If the student has learned to read and spell phonetically since the first grade, he probably won’t need the additional “busywork” of a separate phonics workbook.

Photo submitted by Luzaideth, FL.

CHC is by far the best and most wonderful curriculum we’ve seen. My oldest son (7) ADORES the My Very First Catholic Speller.

Photo submitted by Brigitte, Canada.

I was using a different spelling program with my first grader and he was becoming increasingly frustrated. Spelling lessons always ended in tears. I went out on a limb and purchased the My Very First Catholic Speller half way through our school year. IMMEDIATELY we saw results!!!! Your book contains many of the same words that were in the other program, but in such a gentler format that my son actually LOVES spelling now!

Photo submitted by Joelle.

We have been using My Very First Catholic Speller for 3 months now and couldn’t be happier. It is created with children in mind. With its gentle approach and the laid back atmosphere it is perfect for all little ones. I love that it recommends no spelling test at this level to keep it stress free. I cannot recommend this program enough.

Photo submitted by Lisa, MD.

I can’t say enough good things about the Spelling series. The children can work independently, they have become good spellers and it is solidly Catholic. These Spellers don’t just have a Catholic picture randomly placed here and there. They have Catholic words to learn how to spell. The kids like using them and I feel confident on all fronts.

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