1. First Teacher Pre Tests
We are starting with the Dolch List
of most frequently used words.
I am pretesting the children,
so that time is not taken up with spellings they already know.
I have stapled the Dolch List
into the Spelling/Free Writing copy.
I am also sending home an enlarged copy
of list of the Dolch List home.
You might find it useful to pop it up on a wall
somewhere at home.
I would suggest that the class levels at the top of this page
e.g. Pre Primer/2nd Grade are certainly American
and probably date back to the last century
when it was compiled by Dolch himself.
I don’t think it has any relevance to us.
2. Then she highlights the ones that need to be learnt
I have marked the misspellings from the pretests
on the photocopied page with a yellow highlighter.
I would like your child to learn five a night.
When they know them I would like them
to put them in sentences.
3. Then the children learn them
Understandably children often ask me
can they put their five spellings in just one sentence.
I would prefer them to write five sentences.
One sentence for each spelling helps practice punctuation
i.e. remembering that sentences begin with capital letters
and end in a full stop.
Also putting five random words in one sentence
can result in some very random sentences.
I would like the children to work
on the quality of the sentences they write
when they are practicing their spellings
and so avoid very simple sentences
like ‘I am funny,’ ’Where am I?’ or ‘I am here’.
A post about developing the quality
of these sentences will follow shortly.
When a child completes the Dolch List
they can do ‘free writing’ at this time instead,
for a period of time.
Reading the ‘free writing’
will be a good starting point for me
for establishing words
that are frequently spelled incorrectly.
These are the words that we will work
on when we have finished working on the Dolch List.
Spelling Homework in a nutshell:
Learn five of the highlighted spellings a night.
Use the approach to learning spelling
that you were taught last year
i.e. Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check.
When you are confident that you know the five spellings
write five sentences using each one.
Remember capital letters and full stops.
Good penmanship and presentation is also important.
Other homework this week:
The other homework this week is Mental Maths as marked
and reading one comprehension piece from
‘A Way With Words’
Scroll down this link for additional information
about a year’s plan for spelling here:
When planning for spelling this year
I came across this very helpful blog:
Thanking you, Teacher
And to finish:
a quote from Terry Pratchett:
“Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling ‘banana’,
but didn’t know how you stopped.”
– Terry Pratchett, ‘Witches Abroad’
I found spellings hard at school and remember the feeling well 🙂