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Spelling new words?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Allesley99, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. Allesley99

    Allesley99 New commenter

    What do people think of children having a go at spelling a new word then having the correct word put in a 'spelling book' by the teacher for children to copy in to their writing books?
  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I think the children should have a go then the teacher support the child to correct any incorrect spellings and record
  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    A reasonable strategy provided the new word adheres to an established spelling pattern or rule. This would be good for reinforcement.

    If not (for words such as yacht, cough, etc.,) I believe the spelling should be given first.
  4. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    So you don't think children could identify the correct spelling for the first and final sounds in yacht? Or the first and final sounds in cough? Teacher supplies the correct (unusual) spelling for the medial sound in each word ... Which is memorable because they are unusual.
  5. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Of course they can, but why let them consider that 'yot' may be a possibility in the first place?
  6. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I wouldn't ... I'd tell the child that the the /o/ has an odd spelling <ach> And I might explain that it's spelt that way because it's a Dutch word (jacht) if a child asked but they can do most of the work for themselves

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