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

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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)

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

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

Well done to your DD.

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.

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

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

Encyclopaedia without the 'a'.


Only acceptable in America, surely?

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Dumdeedumdeedum Sun 14-Apr-13 18:57:02

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!

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!)

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Sun 14-Apr-13 18:00:49

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!!!

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

Rosemary grin

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.

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!

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...

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