Various aspects and characteristics of Johnny Can Spell are presented in detail in the events below. They are open (the lock icon is open). Just click the title to enter.

Giving a Friday spelling test does not develop life-long spellers. Learning the letters of the alphabet does not make a student a good reader. Underlining nouns in text does not mean that students know what a noun is.
So what does?

Johnny Can Spell, an integrated and connected approach for teaching, learning, and using English, develops a knowledge base and word attack skills for success in reading and writing.

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Research--both primary and secondary--should inform our teaching. Research is vital to our growth of knowledge. Research can help us find solutions to educational problems. Research can empower us.

In "Research and JCSpell," we will turn on the spotlight of secondary research--research that has already been compiled, gathered, organized and published by others. Alice Nine's alignment of some JCSpell features to this research will help you understand why students taught with the JCSpell approach experience a high level of reading and writing success.

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Teaching the JCSpell way weaves the word recognition skills--phonological awareness, decoding (spelling), and sight recognition--along with handwriting and word grammar into a unified lesson.

Routines move the lesson work from whole to parts to whole through both analysis and synthesis. Repetition, retrieval, rehearsal, and review build automaticity that is so necessary for fluency in reading and writing.

Instructional strategies provide for multi-sensory and learning styles. Higher order thinking skills and problem solving strategies develop as students reason through possible options related to the English code.

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"Given the research evidence for effective handwriting instruction and its importance for literacy learning (both reading and writing), the question of whether handwriting is necessary in the computer era should be replaced with the following: How can educators justify not teaching handwriting as well as computer tools during the elementary and middle school grades?"

Here we take a look at the research for teaching handwriting and at Alice Nine's simple method for teaching letter formation--both manuscript and cursive. 

Handwriting skills are usually associated with writing. So, how does handwriting instruction affect reading?  Reading and writing use reciprocal skills. During handwriting, students develop directionality--top to bottom, left to right. During handwriting, students learn how to form letters which support letter recognition.

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JCSpell Word Study lessons are framed by five learning routines:
Flash Cards
Dictation with self-checking
Think to Spell
Word Talk
I-Work

Read a brief summary of each routine. Also included are sample pages from student notebooks to show how student I-Work is organized during each lesson.

During JCSpell Word Study workshop, Alice Nine models each routine several times--so you will know exactly what it sounds like and what it looks like.

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Experience SESSION 3 from JCSpell Word Study digital workshop.
You can feel the rhythm of instruction as you view "In the Classroom" videos where Alice Nine models student-facing instruction using picture in a picture technology. Then delve into the what and how of instruction with Alice Nine in the "Teaching Points" videos.

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Experience SESSION 12 from JCSpell Word Study digital workshop.
You can feel the rhythm of instruction as you view "In the Classroom" videos where Alice Nine models student-facing instruction using picture in a picture technology. Then delve into the what and how of instruction with Alice Nine in the "Teaching Points" videos.

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You will find JCSpell product descriptions and virtual samples in this module.

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In this module, you will find our catalogs for teacher and student materials, professional development options, and the Alice Nine Academy.


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