Spelling is super important!
Now that your child is ready for second grade, spelling becomes an important part
of the language arts experience. In kindergarten, and first grade your child experimented with
"inventive" or "temporary" spelling, and will no longer continue to do
that during the second grade. Your child will begin to
learn to correctly spell basic
sight words. You will soon see your child begin to use some of the spelling
words in his/her writing, along with many "practice" spellings. This
is the necessary transition that occurs in the writing process; as more words
and skills are committed to memory, they begin to replace some of the purely
phonetic spellings. That doesn't mean your child will spell every word correctly
in second grade, however!! Your child will still continue to use his/her
phonics skills to spell unknown words, but will be responsible for using
spelling words correctly.
Each Monday, your child will bring home a spelling list for the week, as well
as an accompanying assignment that will help him/her learn to spell the new
words. Generally, the words will follow a pattern, incorporate a
newly-learned spelling skill or be part of a theme that we are studying .
Your child will have a weekly spelling test on Friday on all
of the spelling words. Your child will usually receive his/her spelling test back that day, and I
will simply rewrite any misspellings, in the homework notebook. All children will be congratulated on his/her
effort. But please reinforce those words which were missed.
Your child will then have weekend homework. They will write 10x each word
missed. On Monday I will ask them to orally spell the missed words.
To help your child study the spelling words, I have shown them what to do
to practice them as they write. Please encourage your child to show you
and make sure they do this each week. Saying the word and then spelling it orally is also good
practice. Looking for
small words within larger ones and pointing these out to your child is another
good strategy, such as seeing the word "out" in "shout." And don't forget the old-fashioned method of practice - flash
cards! For a new twist on the old favorite, click below!
Online Flash Cards!
to Study Spelling Words
Look at the Word.
Copy the Word.
Say the Word aloud.
Spell the Word Aloud.
Write the Word.
Check the Spelling.
Practice your weekly spelling words using the Sign Language Alphabet!
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