Apples and Pears Book C
ISBN 1-905174-15-2 EAN 9781905174157
ISBN 1-905174-16-0 EAN 9781905174164
This level teaches children why we change the 'y' to 'i' in 'studies', but not in 'studying'. The emphasis now changes to words of Greek and Latin origin; these are highly predictable in morphology, but they cannot be spelled like they sound. The word ex-cept-ion-al-ly consists of 5 building-blocks, all of which can be used in many other words. This reduces the amount that must be memorised to an absolute minimum. It also works in harmony with the 'wordbuilding' exercises in Dancing Bears Book B and Dancing Bears Book C by increasing pupils' awareness of the structure of English words.
Even more importantly, the meaning of these words is constantly taught both by definition and in context. The objective is to enable the pupil to feel confident writing academic-level compositions.
This page of dictation exercises shows the level of proficiency expected at the end of Apples and Pears Book C.
Diagnostic test: To start at this level, the pupil should make no more than three mistakes:
uncle, changing, spare, kettle, hiding, around, argued, ruler, pencils, world, hundred, stretcher, watch, does, money, people, switched, loading, destroyer, whole