My 7 year old is currently on DR3, proverbs 23:4-5. She can read well, but her spelling is not great. I can’t get endings such as ur, ir, er cemented. The same with the sounds such as oi and oy just as a couple of examples. She says can’t remember which combination to use when there are a couple different choices. How can I further cement these concepts without frustrating the both of us. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!totheskydearParticipant
I’m a bit confused. Is your daughter having trouble reading those endings or spelling them?
If she is having trouble spelling them, that is okay at this age because learning how to spell is not formally introduced in a Charlotte Mason education until about grade 4. At her level of reading she should be learning how to form her letters, then writing a word or two from her reading lesson. If you are not using it, Delightful Handwriting pairs with Delightful Reading Kit 3. Otherwise, just choose a word or two from her reading lessons to have her copy. When she is ready to copy full sentences, then you can choose a word from her copywork to ask her to spell after she finishes copying the sentence. If she is unsure of the spelling, let her look at the word and spell it. No guessing allowed! 🙂
There are several articles in our Learning Library you can read to learn more about spelling in a CM education.
The Natural Progression of Language Arts is a video that will give you the big picture of when different parts of language arts are introduced in a Charlotte Mason education.
Sorry to be confusing. Spelling is the trouble. So since she is grade 1 and working through DR3 how do I know when she can move on to the next lesson? Should she know how to spell most of the words in each section? Sorry for not understanding 😬Karen SmithModerator
She only needs to be able to read the words, not spell them. In a Charlotte Mason education, formal spelling is introduced around grade 4 with prepared dictation. Younger students do spelling more informally by being asked to orally spell a word or two from their copywork after they have completed the copying. If the student is unsure how to spell a word just copied, then she is allowed to look at the word as she spells it so that she is not guessing.
The links I provided above will help you understand spelling in a CM education. It might be a good idea to read all of the articles in the Language Arts in the Charlotte Mason Method series to get the big picture of language arts in CM.
Ok. I got it! That’s exactly what I was looking for! I will definitely read them. Thanks so much Karen!
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