About Kitehawk Learning
The Kitehawk Learning Spelling & Literacy Program now includes Online Programs 1 to 4. A new Third Edition of the Kitehawk workbooks Program 1 to Program 5 are now available together with the free website.
The five programs are suitable for average 7 to 12 year old student, and adult literacy programs.
Kitehawk Learning Spelling & Literacy Program
|Kitehawk Online||Kitehawk Workbooks||Suitable for students’ ages|
|Program 1||Program 1||7 – 8 years Grade 3 to adults|
|Program 2||Program 2||8 – 9 years Grade 4 to adults|
|Program 3||Program 3||9 – 10 years Grade 5 to adults|
|Program 4||Program 4||10 – 11 years Grade 6 to adults|
|Program 5||11 – 12 years Grade 7 to adults|
The Kitehawk Learning Spelling & Literacy Program can be used as both, a remedial program and a mainstream spelling program. The print program has also proved popular as a remedial spelling program for high school students and juvenile offenders.
Graphics, such as pictures of fairies, Humpty Dumpty, etc are avoided, so the workbooks and Online Program would prove acceptable to mature age students.
The Kitehawk Program provides students with:
- the skills required to learn words independently, including spelling skills, dictionary skills, and
- an understanding of the basic structure of the English language.
The program assumes students know the alphabet but have a sparse knowledge of phonics.
The program does not assume students know how to spell many of the small important words. (e.g., are, you, and, was, etc). It is written in plain English and covers basic grammar and punctuation. The free website is available as a resource for the teachers and parents of students who use the workbooks.
Features of the Online and Print Program
There are 4 Programs in the Online Program, each containing 30 Units. Each Unit averages about ten to eleven Activities, totalling about 1370 Activities. Programs 2, 3 and 4 have a total of 18 Spelling Review Units, or about 300 multiple choice questions.
The Print program or workbooks, vary between 92 – 104 pages. Each Program contains about 30 units, with a word list and exercises based on the word list. The number of new words studied at each program is the same as in the Online Program: Program 1 (370), Program 2 (580), Program 3 (600) and Programs 4 & 5 (700 each).
Core, or ‘Must Know’ words used in writing are identified at the start of each program. They are a list of high frequency words used by the student in up to 75% of their daily writing.
Many important words are repeated in subsequent units and programs.
Each unit contains Activities to develop spelling skills and literacy. The Activities focus strongly on the list words.
The Program does not involve time-consuming photocopying, distribution, loose paper files, and wastage of paper, thus minimising expenses and wasted time.
Students will need a school dictionary to develop the dictionary skills required, to complete many of the Online and Print Activities. These skills will enable them to work independently. The Oxford School Dictionary, or a similar dictionary preferably with Latin and Greek roots, is recommended. A dictionary covering the list words is included in Programs 1 and 2 workbooks, to help develop basic dictionary skills.
The ability to read, understand and follow instructions, is an important intellectual skill that this program develops. The instructions for each exercise are quite specific and are designed to make students think about the answers required.
The website contains support material for the Kitehawk Learning Spelling & Literacy Program. Material available includes Answers, Dictation, Spelling Review Tests and games to improve literacy.
Various articles provide information on the basic skills, to improve literacy. These include spelling skills and rules, dictionary skills, listening skills, syllables, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, compound words and plurals of nouns.
A Feedback facility is also provided for comments and suggestions from you, to improve the usefulness of the online version and future editions of the workbooks.
As part of our continuous improvement program, print editions are revised before each reprint and new versions of the Online program are uploaded and available automatically.
Content of Programs
You can switch to a more suitable Program if you find you have enrolled at the wrong program.
Program 1 [Print and Online.]
Suitable for average Grade/Year 3 students (about 8 years of age) to adults.
The 30 week program has 30 Units and 370 activities.
Program 1 covers Spelling, Phonics, Spelling Skills, Synonyms, Antonyms, Compound Words, Grammar and Dictionary Skills and teaches students to read questions carefully and to work independently.
Program 2 [Print and Online.]
Suitable for average Grade/Year 4 students (about 9 years of age) to adults.
The 35 week program has 34 Units and 370 activities.
Program 2 covers Spelling, Phonics, Spelling Skills, Synonyms, Antonyms, Syllables, Prefixes, Suffixes, Homophones, Grammar, Punctuation, Dictionary Skills and more.
Program 3 [Print and Online.]
Suitable for average Grade/Year 5 students (about 10 years of age) to adults.
The 36 week program has 35 Units and 370 activities.
Program 3 covers Spelling, Phonics, Spelling Skills, Prefixes, Suffixes, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, Grammar, Punctuation, Editing Skills, Dictionary Skills, Vocabulary Building and more.
Program 4 [Print and Online.]
Suitable for average Grade/Year 6 students (about 11 years of age) to adults.
The 35 week program has 34 Units and 280 activities.
Program 4 covers Spelling, Phonics, Spelling Skills, Prefixes, Suffixes, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, Grammar, Punctuation, Editing Skills, Dictionary Skills, Vocabulary Building and more.
Program 5 [Print only.]
Suitable for average Grade/Year 7 students (about 12 years of age) to adults.
The 33 week program has 33 Units and 275 activities.
Program 5 covers Spelling, Phonics, Spelling Skills, Prefixes, Suffixes, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, Grammar, Punctuation, Editing Skills, Dictionary Skills, Roots of English, Vocabulary Building and more.