Suggestions for Parents

spelling homework
We have a spelling test every Friday.  Your child has their list of spelling words on the back of their folder.  

Please practice between 5-10 words each night.  On Fridays, I will pick 10 words at random from the list.  Our goal is to spell each of those sight words by heart.  This will greatly benefit your child in reading, writing, as well as improve spelling scores.  

Knowing these words will ensure that each child will be prepared for second grade reading and writing! 

Ways to practice the words:
  • Rainbow Write: Write the words multiple times with different crayons.
  • Flash Cards:  Create flash cards and have your child read them and spell them. 
  • Match: Write each word on two cards.  Flip them over and have your child try to match the same words.  It's important that he/she is saying the word, not just flipping the cards over. 
  • Sand Spelling:  Get a dish and fill it with sand, sugar, or salt.  Have him/her trace their words in the sand (or substitute) multiple times.

Reading Homework:
Each night your child is expected to read for 20-30 minutes.  Research shows that the more a child reads, the better reader he/she will become.  A child that reads an average of just 1-5 minutes per night, scores in the 30th percentile.  But, a child that reads an average of 20-30 minutes per night scores in the 90th percentile.  So reading every night is crucial to their success. 

Your child has passages that we read in class that they can practice, as well as small decodable booklets on white copy paper.  These white booklets are extremely important because they contain the current sounds we are learning and practicing.  Please make sure to have your child read these books multiple times.  Some children save them in bags or shoeboxes so that they can read different books each night. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about your child's reading and spelling homework. 

-Mrs. Sheehan


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