There comes a time when you just have to face facts. What you’re doing just isn’t working, and it’s time to move on. For two of my children, spelling is getting the best of them. I think we need a new game plan.
We’ve tried various lists. We’ve tried games. We’ve tried many methods of learning spelling words. All to no avail. My two youngest children are still struggling with their weekly lists. (sigh)
I’ve come to that point in time when I need to ask myself a question. (One which goes against my innermost person, who loves tests.) What is more important? I could force my children to continue testing each week, growing more discouraged with every exam. Or, I could remove the exams and focus on exposure.
Perhaps if we removed the stress of tests and instead spent more time naturally introducing new vocabulary we would make better progress. So, we’ll read more and vary our reading to include increasingly challenging words. We might also focus on writing, as I’ve noticed they give greater attention to their spelling when they understand the words have purpose.
Does this mean we will abandon our lists altogether? Not likely. We will still review our spelling words, encouraging our children to develop new vocabulary. However, for these two, we’re going to remove exams for the time being.
The voice in my head wants to tell me I am failing my children by not continually quizzing them on these arbitrary words. But, wisdom is telling me differently. My children will learn these words. At the right time, and when they are ready.
Time to Chime In: At what age did your children begin formal lessons in spelling, and was testing a problem for them?