Words Their Way

Here is an introductory video of our spelling program:


Wednesday – Remind your child to sort the words into categories like the ones we did in school.  Your child should read each word aloud during this activity. Ask your child to explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way. Ask your child to sort them a second time as fast as possible. You may want to time him/her.


Thursday – Do a no peeking sort. Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words out loud. Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it. Lay it down and let your child move it if he/she is wrong. Repeat if your child makes more than one error.


Friday – Practice making sentences using their new words.  They can choose 5 – 10 words from the list.  They can also draw pictures.


Weekend – Pick one of the previous activities from Wednesday to Friday to review the words.


Monday – Do a writing sort to prepare for the Friday test. As you call out the words in a random order your child should write them in categories. Call out any words your child misspells a second or even third time.

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