DD's spellings- I think I'm going to sob

(43 Posts)
bubblesinthesky Thu 11-Apr-13 19:23:41

I've just dug out DD's holiday spellings. i know I should have looked earlier but she's not going back until next Wednesday.

They include handkerchief, dictionary, beautiful, accident, encyclopedia, character and intelligent. There are 30 all together. Some of them are easier thankfully but lots are not.

She's 7 (year 2) and HATES spelling. We're in for some fun aren't we? Oh dear. Is it possible she's picked up the wrong list by accident or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

Any hints on how I can help her with these will be gratefully appreciated (and I think appreciate is on the list too)

SwishSwoshSwoosh Thu 11-Apr-13 19:36:43

I never made mine learn spellings this way. Maybe you could just burn the list? <helpful>

30 at once is ridiculous. Not to mention utterly tedious!

mrz Thu 11-Apr-13 19:39:01

They seem pretty pointless spellings get her to break them down into syllables then think of the sounds in each syllable she can then identify which bits she finds difficult - probably the <ie> /ee/ sound in chief the <ti> /sh/ sound in dictionary <ea> /ee/ sound in beautiful <c> representing the /s/ sound in accident <ch> the /k/ sound in character
encyclopaedia has <c> /s/ sound <y> /ie/ sound and <ae> /ee/ sound

amidaiwish Thu 11-Apr-13 19:42:00

Well firstly I'd give her a test, see which ones she knows. Cross them off.
Then pick the next 10 which she has nearly right and work on those. wThen the next 5, if you get to them.....

SwishSwoshSwoosh Thu 11-Apr-13 19:43:22

Seriously, I wouldn't bother. Just write to the teacher you were too busy having a HOLIDAY.

For some reason, your dd's spellings have made me quite angry.

Still18atheart Thu 11-Apr-13 19:46:46

For goodness sake i'm 21 and don't know how to spell half those words let alone a 7 year old

I would write a note to teacher and give them a good ignoring

Grammaticus Thu 11-Apr-13 19:48:19

I would get them learnt how amaidawish suggested. She needs to learn to spell, after all.

amidaiwish Thu 11-Apr-13 19:48:30

But how will your dd feel going back to a test she hasn't prepared for. It would stress my yr2 DD out a lot.
Just take it easy and see if she can learn a few over the next week. No need to get all stressed out about it.

dingit Thu 11-Apr-13 19:50:00

What used to wind me up is they gave them spellings, but not what the words meant, so how were they supposed to use them?

Dylanlovesbaez Thu 11-Apr-13 19:50:28

Year 2?! Some of those spellings are ridiculous. It's the holidays, don't do them. I wouldn't make my class take home spellings over the holidays.

I've all of this to look forward to, haven't I?

Reception DS gets 5 or so a week, including, last week, "their". He had "there" the week before, so was obviously confused. I asked his teacher for what sort of explanation I should give at this stage, and she said "none, don't bring it up at all" hmmI told him the ways in which each is used, and he writes them correctly, but I'm still not sure what I was "really" meant to do.

SwishSwoshSwoosh Thu 11-Apr-13 19:54:12

Undoubtedly she needs to learn to spell, but 'learning' these words like this won't achieve that. Better to play a few games of scrabble or do some crosswords or read a book.

freetrait Thu 11-Apr-13 20:07:17

accident and intelligent I would go for and don't worry about the rest grin.

mrz Thu 11-Apr-13 20:27:28

in -tell - i -gent is pretty straightforward

freetrait Thu 11-Apr-13 20:37:05

So, if you do want to do them. 30 over 5 days, 6 a day. I would ask her to have a go at the word, then if it was wrong I would say it and write it out for her, breaking it up into the sounds as you go as mrz says.

in-tell-i - gent
ac-ci (c makes s sound)-dent
cha (silent h)-rac-ter
ch-ie (ee)-f
beautiful has a good way of remembering it "Mr b, mr e, mr a-u-t, mr i, mr f-u-l" (said in rhythm) -or there is another rhyme/saying that my son's teacher taught him but he's gone to bed (sorry!)

handkerchief is ok - hand-ker-chief (as before)

you get the idea smile.

haveapear Thu 11-Apr-13 20:54:34

Wow that's a lot to learn, poor thing. Dd year 3 hates spelling too but has just moved up a group when I discovered the app squeebles as recommended here. She only ever gets 8 at a time though.

everlong Thu 11-Apr-13 20:56:49

Is this for a test? 30 seems a hell of a lot.

I would just concentrate on batches of 10. I get ds to write his out and say the letter as he writes it. Then periodically I will ask him to say his spelling out loud. It works for him.

Periwinkle007 Thu 11-Apr-13 21:01:44

I wonder if she has had 3 weeks holiday if they have given her 10 a week. I would get her to try them all but if they are too hard then get her to look them up in a dictionary with you and write them into sentences, at least then she has practiced using them.

simpson Thu 11-Apr-13 23:01:34

DD (reception) gets quite tough spellings ie frightened, lightening, kite, petrified, horrified etc but they all have a common sound and she copes fine with them.

However DS (yr3) who is pretty good at spelling would struggle with the spellings you have mentioned.

Would definately agree with seeing which ones she knows already then maybe take a certain amount each day...

Bessiebuss Fri 12-Apr-13 07:19:54

Some children find learning spellings so very difficult and are put off school. What is sad about this kind of rote learning is that it is not very effective. I agree with all those helpful comments about breaking up words into syllables.
Can you make it fun? Yes! Children love coloured pens and sticky note lets. I get children to write each syllable on a note let. Eg. For handkerchief I would stick 3 note lets on the desk and then ask a child to write 'hand' on the first note let, 'ker' on the second one and 'chief' on the third one. I ask the child to say the syllables as he writes them. We then stick them on the fridge! Choosing colour of pens and shape/colour of note lets adds a little fun!

RosemaryandThyme Fri 12-Apr-13 09:42:46

e-mail the school and ask what day and time the test is.

then take her to the dentist at this time.

SwishSwoshSwoosh Fri 12-Apr-13 10:08:33

Rosemary grin

pointythings Fri 12-Apr-13 17:47:03

I'm a non-believer in spelling tests and don't make my children learn spellings - the only thing that matters is whether they can use the words correctly (in terms of spelling and of meaning) in their own writing, and spelling drill does not help that. Reading does.

Gales Fri 12-Apr-13 17:54:36

DS2 gets 10/10 every week in spelling tests, with TBH very little practice at home.

His spelling in his written work is atrocious, doesn't even get really simple words right e.g. littel (yr5)

I really don't think spelling tests are helpful, but as I wouldn't want her to do really badly, in your position I would pick some of the ones she has a realistic chance of getting and practice those.

Sparklymommy Sat 13-Apr-13 08:06:59

Gales: my Dd is the same! 10/10 without barely looking at them at home but the spelling in her written work- horrendous at times! Does make you wonder what the point is sometimes!

bubblesinthesky Sun 14-Apr-13 13:41:14

Thank you for all the help. Well I've tested her on ten a day and it appears she knows 26 of them. I'm mystified but relieved. Amazingly she knew encyclopedia but I am still wondering if she copied if of a book on the book shelf hmm

Euphemia Sun 14-Apr-13 17:55:46

Is that a stealth boast that you have encyclopedias in your house? wink

bubblesinthesky Sun 14-Apr-13 17:58:51

No. She got given one for Christmas by MIL nothing to do with me grin

Euphemia Sun 14-Apr-13 18:00:05


I'm with swish !!! The weathers been crap and they have all worked hard in school and no out door lessons or extra fun in the sun that normally by now they would have had. No recharge at all.

Kids need a break that's what holidays are for!!!! They should be out playing and 30 spellings for a 7 yr old??? That's alot!!!

pointythings Sun 14-Apr-13 18:52:33

caffeine I couldn't agree with you more, which is why my DDs haven't touched their homework until this weekend - am treating Easter break as just another weekend lot of homework.

Obviously this will change as DD1 moves up through secondary school, but she's only in Yr7 now (and had less homework than DD2 did in Yr 5confused!)

I am 33 and I now know dyslexic, even the thought of spellings brings me out in a cold sweat! It's just such a pointless exercise these days too, I don't really understand why anyone needs to sit and learn how to spell lists of words when we have very good spell checkers!

mrz Sun 14-Apr-13 19:39:05

when we have very good spell checkers

A Little Poem Regarding Computer Spell Checkers...

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

because if you put the wrong real word in a spell checker it won't recognise it as wrong.

pointythings Sun 14-Apr-13 20:01:45

And whilst I was pondering a polite way to respond, mrz nails it, rendering me completely redundant. grin

Moominmammacat Sun 14-Apr-13 21:05:59

They're too hard for her age. Do one a day for a month if you must but time would be better spent reading. And don't worry.

kickedatschool Tue 16-Apr-13 14:59:46

multisensory approach for spellings to be learned in a hurry.

wite spellings in shaving foam on a tray/worksuface. funny noises for letters that my be missed... (eg i in soldier) using large body movements to spell words as well. I m hoping this method worked. I forgot to practise dd's spellings. was lulled nto a false sense of security by the rediculously easy topic words the prrevious week, only to be met with words like crucifiction... just before easter. also year 2

bubblesinthesky Wed 17-Apr-13 11:35:50

Well as of last night she could spell everything except intelligent. She's gone back to school and I think the test is today. If she gets 29/30 she'll be very pleased.

Was an odd collection though

juniper9 Wed 17-Apr-13 15:33:22

Personally, I'd object to the spelling of encyclopaedia without the a, but then that's because I'm a pedant who enjoys the archaic versions of spellings smile

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Thu 18-Apr-13 21:55:48

Encyclopaedia without the 'a'.


Only acceptable in America, surely?

bubblesinthesky Fri 19-Apr-13 09:48:25

27/30. Phew glad that's over.

She says one girl came in with a note from her mum asking she shouldn't do the test but the teacher made her do it anyway!!

Juniper that's a good point but it seems to be the way its spelt these days. In the general trauma of the long list it hadn't crossed my mind

learnandsay Fri 19-Apr-13 09:52:17

I'd have been interested to see what was on that note. Assuming it's true, the mum can't have head her head screwed on right, surely.

freetrait Fri 19-Apr-13 10:27:09

Well done to your DD.

bubblesinthesky Fri 19-Apr-13 10:34:51

Learnandsay No idea.DD may have got it right. The mother of the girl she named has a reputation for being shall we say defensive of her dd

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