This spelling pack includes a list of ideas/activities to help remember words, ‘Look, Cover, Write’ sheets with instructions and other useful techniques for spelling words. For a list of words to practise either look through your child’s Learning Log, speak to their teacher or Mrs Serjeant.
Keep it Simple
Practise no more than 10 words a week, for example 2 words a day. Some children may find it beneficial to learn only 4 words per week. Daily repetition of the same words is the key to remembering spellings. The first time you do this you may wish to start off with just 2-3 words and repeat these daily for a week.
You may also wish to do a short spelling test at the end of the week. If you find your child is having difficulty with some words, focus on these words only the next week. Use only one technique at first, if it does not work after a couple of weeks try another method. Stick to one technique at a time as overload means they won’t remember the words in the long term.
Keep it Fun
It is important that your child enjoys this spelling practice. You can have fun with rhyming words or invent silly poems to remember words. Daily practise is important but it need not take more than 10 minutes a day. To encourage them give a lot of praise, you may choose to give a small reward at the end of the week. If a technique is not working there are many other things to try, for example children love using tactile materials: use play-dough, plasticine, buttons or pebbles to spell out words.
This work is completely optional. However as many of you have expressed a wish to support your child at home, I know that you will appreciate this extra information.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Mrs L Serjeant