Rote memorization is not an effective way to learn and remember. How many kids forget their spelling words as soon as they finish the test?
We need to give kids an active role.
Just a handful of kids’ needs are met when the entire class has the same word list!
NOT FAIR NOT GOOD TEACHING
There is another way– Use WORDS THEIR WAY
The Primary Spelling Inventory, or PSI, can be used in kindergarten through third grade. The Upper-Level Spelling Inventory, or USI, can be used in upper elementary, middle school, high school, and postsecondary classrooms. If a school system wants to use the same inventory across all elementary grades, they can use the Elementary Spelling Inventory, or ESI.
ASSESS First, then FORM GROUPS based on needs, TEACH needed skills, ASSESS
Stages of Spelling Development
Pre-Phonetic (Before a child learns letter/sound combination they will try to write letters they have seen)
Phonetic (child is learning letter/sound and will try to sound out words).
Making Learning new spelling words FUN and MULTI-SENSORY
Remember that the fun activities are NOT in place of direct instruction of a skill. They are meant to make the learning enjoyable so it is stored in longterm memory.
**We learn through experiences
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