Dear EIP parents,
As part of your child's Language Arts program in my EIP classes, we will be using the Sitton Spelling method which is based upon learning to correctly spell the most common words used in everyday writing. We will start with some testing to see how well your child knows some of the most common words, and proceed from there. Your child will bring home short lists of words which they will need to practice. Some of the lists will be individualized, and others will be class lists. The words your child is learning are some of the core spelling words in the English language. They are basic spelling words that everyone needs to know how to spell. You can support your child's efforts by practicing at home. Help them with their spelling lists, but you can also have them practice some of the other core words. Please follow the provided link to a list of the Sitton List of Core Words. If your child is in 3rd grade, they should focus on learning the first 265 words. For 4th grade they should practice the first 400 words. Some of the words they will already know. Some they will need to learn. I suggest starting at the beginning and working your way through the list. Thank you for your support.
The following is a list of ways you can help with your child's spelling practice:
Parents can assist their children in studying the words by using the five word study strategy steps which are as follows:
1. Read the word
2. Spell the word (touch each letter and say its name)
3. Cover the word
4. Print the word
5. Proofread the word (touch each letter and say its name)
- Help your child to see connections between words. For example: If you can spell an then you can spell tan, ran, fan, etc.\
- Help you child to proofread by touching every letter of every word in everything they write.
- Practice by writing sentences containing errors for students to find and correct.
- Encourage your child to increase their level of writing by expanding on sentences by using questions such as who, what, when, where, why and how.
- Explore with your child the similarities and differences that exist among words.