I’d love to glean advice about my struggling speller. She is a rising 6th grader and really having a hard time with spelling. It’s beginning to weigh on her despite my efforts to encourage her otherwise. She learned to read with systematic phonics and she’s been raised on CM methods only … copywork, transcription, dictation. She is nearly half through SW and ULW Book 2 (she used Book 1) and while she does well with those exercises and even so when I check her retention later, her written narrations are riddled with errors (and the spelling portion of her recent standardized test was most challenging for her) as are more informal letters to friends and family. My other three kids are making steady progress with CM’s ways.
I do not want to buy a “spelling program” and add that to our day or necessarily sway from CM’s language arts methods. I’m more curious about how I can use Spelling Wisdom more effectively to address my daughter’s needs.
How can we better work with the words within each SW passage to cement the spelling?
Thank you so much!caedmynParticipant
I saw some good progress with my 4th grader last year using SW plus methods from the Spelling You See program, which has them write the passage (or part of the passage if it is too long) each day for copywork plus mark different things with highlighters such as vowel blends, consonant blends, and r-controlled vowels. I just looked at the SYS samples on their website to figure out what they marked and made up my own list for DD to follow. Dictation is still done the last day.caedmynParticipant
Also, if she can spell the words well in isolation (ie when quizzed on them later), she may just need to work on her editing/proofreading skills. From what I have read it’s actually quite complicated for kids to get thoughts down on paper while paying attention to spelling, punctuation, and grammar, and she may just not be able to focus on all of that at once yet.
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