Nicole called yesterday afternoon and told me Addie made a 100 on her spelling test. First time ever! Nicole had sent me the new list and I separated them and suggested how Nicole could help her. For instance, the first word on the list was because. I could see how that would be a hard word for Addie. She really does look at the first word on the list, goes down and realizes there are probably 9 out of 10 she does not know how to spell and it seems hopeless.
Other words on the list, and not in this order are ought, bought and thought. I suggested to Nicole that last night they take ought and spell it every time they passed each other in the hallway, put a sticky note by the toilet that says OUGHT, do whatever it takes to learn that word, then stick a “b” in front of it and a “th” in front of it and she knows how to spell ought, bought and thought! Three of the 10 words – done!
Next she had force, forgot and forty. I told Nicole . . she knows how to spell for and she knows how to spell got. That’s forgot. She had choice on yesterday’s test. Take for and add ce on the end, just like the end of choice and she has force. Forty is just for and ty.
That means by the end of the weekend, she knows how to spell six of the ten words. Others are because, record, daughter and observe. She’s just going to have to memorize those four but if they practice and practice, she can do it.
Right now, Addie thinks spelling is fun and that she’s great at it. I hope they keep that momentum going.