My son is in Kindergarten and as befits a child in that grade he is steadily moving up the education ladder. At the beginning of the year a lot of time was spent doing dot-to-dots and writing letters. We’ve moved on now to easy readers, memorizing sight words and spelling tests.
His first spelling test is this week – just like his big sister! This school stuff is seeming more real all the time!
Does the spelling list review and reinforce the sight words that they are all supposed to have memorized by now? Ummmmm no.
Does the spelling list cover short words that reinforce key letter sounds and word blends? Ummmmm no.
Does the spelling list review word families? Perhaps start teaching about that tricky silent ‘e’? Ummmm no.
The first spelling list is a list of color words. Because all 5/6 year olds are great at spelling orange and purple. Or maybe we just like to set them up for failure on their first try.
Disclaimer: Maybe my son is the only one having a hard time with these words but I spend time with his classmates each week so I don’t think that’s the case. Then again, this is the teacher who sent home a subtraction worksheet the first month of school when they were in the middle of learning how to count to 20 so I should have learned by now not to even attempt guessing her methods.
Disclaimer #2: Even my 6th grader thinks this is a ridiculous spelling test for a kindergartner. And she doesn’t even like her brother all the time.