Ways To Learn My Spellings

Foundation Year 2 - Starting out and learning the first 50 sight words.

Spelling Program for Foundation children consist of learning the alphabet. The Alphabet Chart means that you sing or say the name of the letter and a phonetic sound for the letter each day, such as; "a is for apple a,a,a". And then singing through the consonant blends chart "cl is for clock, cl,cl,cl".

Why we sing through the name of the letter once and repeat the sound of the letter three times is due to the importance of the sound over the name of the letter. Have children point to each letter as the sing the chart.

Younger children also learn to read their through and then learn to spell 3 to 5 per week. Keeping it fun and encouraging. Faith CSDE will supply you with these Sight Word cards.

Middle and Upper Primary - Building strengths

You will usually find students in primary schools learning their unrelated words within spelling lists, day after day, week after week. At the end of the year the good spellers are still good spellers and the poor spellers at the start of the year are generally still poor spellers at the end of the year, despite getting high scores in their weekly spelling test.

That is unless the poor speller has:

  • become a keen reader during the year
  • been given phonetic strategies they are able to remember -many are not retained
  • been working on words that they are using in their draft writing
  • and working on groupings of words in families.

In other words if you want to help you child with their spelling, focus on the reading and working on words that they are using. Time spent learning unrelated words that are not relevant to the student at that time in their lives is often a waste of time.

Our Principal suggests having a spelling list of approximately 10 to 15 words that the student is learning well each week. This is better than learning 20 per week and not knowing them a month later. These words are taken from the student's draft copies where words at their level have been spelt incorrectly. They are also taken from the most common words list. When selecting from this generic list, pre-test a set of words so that you only choose words that the student needs to work on.
Here is a link to the most commonly used 500 words list.
Then move on to the 100 Most commonly miss-spelt words list.
For those wanting to increase their vocabulary here is a great site: Vocabulary Extension