Words Their Way

This year your child will be part of a new Spelling program. This program is centered on each student’s strengths in spelling. It uses those strengths to help your child learn more advanced English spelling.
Spelling can be quite difficult in English; however, these spellings are based on certain patterns that are quite often true. Words Their Way, the new spelling program, is based on this understanding of spelling. Instead of memorizing a list of spelling words as we have done in the past, your child will be learning to recognize some of the patterns of spelling.
Each evening, your child is expected to perform a “word sort.” This involves sorting their words according to a series of patterns. These patterns can be based on the included categories. Your child may also sort the words into categories that your child creates. We will be sorting these words in class before they come home.
Some suggested activities are “blind sorts,” “word searches,” and “writing sorts.”

  • Blind Sorts: Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud. Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it. Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she is wrong. Repeat if your child makes more than one error. 
  • Word Searches: Have your child look for words in a book that they have already read. They can also look for words that match the pattern.
  • Writing Sorts: As you call out the words in a random order, your child should write them in categories. Call out any words your child misspells a second or even third time.