Houghton Mifflin Core Spelling Words
The spelling program in our Houghton Mifflin Core Reading program focuses on various spelling rules. We are moving away from the traditional method of teaching spelling words where a child would receive a list of 20 words on Monday, memorize throughout the week (maybe), test on Friday, and forget the next week. We are trying to get kids to learn (not memorize) their spelling words by using them and being held accountable.
As we begin a new story in our reading program, your child will write down their spelling words and take the list home to practice. Throughout the week, we will do a variety of activities with these words, concentrating on the pattern or rule used in the words. Once our story study is completed, your child will be tested on these words through dictated sentences--words in real writing--not just a list of words.
Once your child's test has been corrected, an individualized list of spelling words will be made for your child from the words they missed on their dictated test. If your child has missed less than six words, they will work with me or a parent (using a list of 1200 high frequency words) to find words they need to learn how to spell until their list equals six words. Your child will bring home this individualized spelling list to study, practice, and learn.
For your reference, I have included the lists of these words below. Each list is connected to the theme and story that we are studying.
Here is a link to a WONDERFUL website for spelling!