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Homework - practicing spelling words

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If the child has weekly spelling tests, this is another thing the child can do for homework. On the first night the words come home, give the child a pre-test. Then s/he only practices the words s/he does not know.

1. First s/he looks at the word.
2. Then s/he spells the word aloud while looking at the word.
3. Next s/he writes the word while spelling it aloud again, looking at the word if necessary.
4. Then s/he folds the paper so the word is covered.
5. Then s/he writes the word on the paper while saying each letter as s/he writes.
6. Next s/he checks to see if s/he spelled it correctly by unfolding the paper and looking at the word that was covered.
7. If the student spells the word correctly, s/he moves on with the next misspelled word following steps 1-6. If s/he does not spell the word correctly, s/he repeats steps 1-6 for the word s/he misspelled.

The next night, give the child another spelling pre-test. Then s/he only practices the words s/he spelled incorrectly on that pre-test using the six step method described above.

As the student continues with this pattern, s/he will write less misspelled words each day and will be motivated to do well on the daily pretests. After all, the less s/he spells wrong, the less s/he will have to practice.

Another way to practice the words are to write each word on a piece of paper. Put each word in a clear sheet protector. Then give the child a dry erase marker and allow him/her to trace the words using the dry erase marker.
Other ways to practice is to type spelling words on the computer, using letter tiles or letter magnets, or using an online spelling activity found of websites like these - Spelling City, Fun Brain, Kids Spell,, and Eduplace.

Some schools teach spelling through word studies which eliminate the weekly spelling test. Students can still practice spelling at home. Spelling lists can be created using vocabulary words, frequently misspelled words by the student, or from one of the websites listed above. Learning to spell is important. There are many ways to practice, find the way that works best for the child.

Read more homework study tips by Kristal Gardner.



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