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  • Christmas, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry
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    Christmas, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Learn more about Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) by studying the spellings of some vocabulary words related to the Christmas holiday: Christmas, Yuletide, decoration, angel, mistletoe, ornament, poinsettia, fruitcake, eggnog, and gingerbread. Structured Word Inquiry English spelling is rule-based. There are no exceptions, just more rules to uncover. I have yet to find a word whose […] More

  • Festival of Trees Gingerbread Houses
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    Festival of Trees Gingerbread Houses

    I love baking gingerbread during the Christmas season. Gingerbread houses add a touch of magic to the holiday season. I usually just make gingerbread people and other holiday shapes that I decorate with cream cheese icing. However, one year, as a teenager, I attempted to build a gingerbread house. The results were less than stellar. […] More