Sunday, January 18, 2009

Spelling Helps

For whatever reason, Kurt really had problems with last week's spelling test.

He is in 2nd grade and uses "Spelling by Sound and Structure" by Rod and Staff Publishing.
It has been awesome--very straightforward and Kurt loves it. I am so glad MFW recommended it.

We normally split the week's assigned pages over two days. Each day he splits the list of twelve words and spells out six of the words with plastic letter tiles I picked up at Staples.

We do a "pre-test" on Wednesday which he usually gets 100% on and we are finished for the week.

But last week, we did our "pre-test" and he was struggling so we stopped the test and I had him write the words on his dry erase board a few times.

On Thursday, I had him read the list to me again, write the words once and do the tiles again.

Friday I tested him again... he was still struggling. So I stopped again and had him take a break.

I stood staring at the list of words and prayed for wisdom.

This is what I came up with...

I created three "worksheets" that he filled out after I read each word out loud.

The first sheet looked like this:

Since all his words had a suffix, I typed up his list with the suffixes missing in hopes that he could visualize the root word separate from the ending. He filled in the suffix after I read each word.

Then I gave him this sheet:


This time I omitted the vowels and/or special sounds from the middle of the word. Again he filled out the sheet after I read each word to him.

These first two lists I kept the words in the order they appeared in his book. But, since our kids have amazing memories I mixed the words on the third sheet.

It looked like this:


Again, I omitted vowels/special sounds but this time I omitted from some of the beginnings as well as middles of the words.

After he finished I let the words roll around in his brain for the rest of the day.

I don't know if it was breaking down the words in parts or just the sheer repetition of it but Saturday morning I gave him another spelling test and he got 100%.

I will try this technique again if he is having a hard time with a particular list of words.

If you try this, let me know how it works.

If you have ideas for getting through plateaus in spelling I would love to hear them!



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