• Spelling Lists 3 €15,00

    Over the past 30 years, I have met many children who find the weekly school spelling list and follow up spelling test both difficult and distressing. Their parents and teachers also notice that although some children score well on the day of the spelling test, those same words are not retained for future use - thus the exercise (meant to help poor spellers in the first place) actually proves to be largely ineffective. In some cases, the individual scores are known to the whole class, so that poor spellers often experience teasing by their peer group. This is more widespread than realised and can be very confidence shaking. As successful learning depends on a good self image, this method of teaching spellings can actually have a damaging effect on the very children it is meant to be helping.

    Children learn in a variety of ways; some look down a list of spellings and absorb them quickly - they are the lucky ones so far as school spelling lists are concerned; other children, who have a superior pictorial memory, are able to recall a set of 'likely family' words e.g. the 'ai' family: rain, train, pain, snail, by drawing a picture containing all of those words, and re-visualising that picture when one of those words is needed; they already know how to spell a key word such as 'train', and make the link that the word 'paint', if in that set, has the 'a' sound spelt 'ai' also; other children remember a set of words from a narrative (story) e.g. the maid left a trail of paint from her pail like a snail as she ran in the rain to catch the train. They also link a spelling pattern from a key word, but remember the set initially from the narrative.

    Even more fun with spelling lists.

    This book (together with yellow book 4 and green book 3) form a wealth of reading and spelling activities. Pages can be enlarged as wall charts, or reduced as small picture and spelling lists to take home, colour in, and learn in a very pleasurable way.

    A game for teaching syllables is included in this book.

    This book by Angela Tregear Liddicoat has 32 pages.

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