Top 100 Most Commonly Used Words: Must Learn List


I never used a spelling curriculum in our homeschool.  I taught my boys the most commonly used English words, made sure they could spell those, and then we moved on to “words” of the day.  I chose unique, interesting words, SAT words, or those I thought were useful to know.  To solidify your child’s foundation in spelling, make sure he knows how to spell the word list below, which make up more than half of all the words most likely to be encountered in reading and basic writing needs.


 A: a, about, all, an, and, are, as, at
B: back, be, been, before, big, but, by
C: call, came, can, come, could
D: did, do, down
E: even
F: first, for, from
G: get, go
H: had, have, he, him, his
I: I, if, in, into, is, it
J: just
K: know
L: like, little, look
M: made, make, me, more, much, must, my
N: new, no, not, now
O: of, off, old, on, one, only, or, other, our, out, over
P: person
R: right
S: said, say, see, she, so, some
T: that, the, their, them, then, there, they, this, time, to, two
U: up, us
W: want, was, we, well, went, were, what, when, where, which, who, will, with, would
Y: you

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the spelling lesson

2 Replies to “Top 100 Most Commonly Used Words: Must Learn List”

  1. I never used a spelling curriculum with my kids either. They were good spellers and even participated every year in Spelling Bees (often winning). I think they were good spellers because they love reading, journaling and writing stories.
    However, now that they’re older and their science curriculum has some scientific terminology that is difficult to remember with definitions…and even spelling…we’ve started using Spelling City. It’s great. I just make up a list of words from their Apologia Biology book and they play games, like Match It, where they have to match the definition to the word. Or they do crossword puzzles or play Unscramble the word. It’s really helped them be better prepared for their unit tests.
    I do have a younger daughter with Down syndrome whom I could use this list you’ve shared here to add to that for her to play games and help her with her reading. Thanks!!

  2. Thanks Janet for sharing your spelling experience, good to hear I’m not alone on my spelling philosophy! The spelling curriculums really stressed my guys out. I’d much prefer them to spend their time reading, and journaling. I just visited spelling city, thanks for the tip. Be well!

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