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Y3 spelling book(7 Posts)
Can anyone recommend a book to help with DD's Y3 spelling.
She's top group but teacher said there are many errors without a pattern e.g. she will spell boat as bowt and think, thinck.
Teacher said that I should do a little work with her over the summer but not go overboard with the intervention.
From those examples it seems like she's over reliant on her phonics, using the right phonemes (sounds) but not graphemes. I think if you get her to read aloud more it may we'll sort itself out.
She might think reading aloud to you is a bit too much like homework and not very enjoyable. Does she have any younger siblings she could read to? Or how about a bedtime story for her toys?
I never thought reading aloud was good for spelling, but it kind of makes sense.
My ds is a great speller, and he has read aloud to me since day1 of school, and still does now in yr4, even he was a very fluent reader before starting school.
Does she understand that not all graphemes can be put together? (like nck)
Reading helps with spelling not just because of repeated exposure to the spelling of individual words, but because gradually we build up through pattern recognition an intuitive grasp of the most likely spelling(s) for any given sound combination.
You might find a rhyming dictionary helpful, perhaps getting her to make up nonsense poems using the rhyming words. Have a look at this one: you can use the look inside feature to look at the pages for think and boat:
It also shows the alternative and less common spelling for some words - e.g. wrote.
Sounds like she knows the various spelling patterns but hasn't learned the rules for applying them .
For example, the vowel digraph "oa" is rarely used at the end of a word when it is making the "long o" sound, (boat, soap, toad), where as "ow" is (blow, snow). "ck" is used after a short vowel sound (back, sick, lock), but "k" is used after a long vowel sound (leak, soak, fleet), or a consonant, (think, talk). Unfortunately, English has a lot of "oddballs" that don't fit the rules but knowing the main rules would be a huge benefit.
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