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September 24th, 2011, 07:57 AM
shari626's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Does your kid get them? We were discussing in my class how many schools don't give spelling tests anymore. They find that kids memorize for the test but in everyday writing still can't spell the word right. With spell check on everything now, they are finding spelling tests obsolete, just like cursive writing.

All three of my younger ones get spelling tests every week. How about your school or curriculum? Does it involve learning to spell correctly?

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September 24th, 2011, 08:13 AM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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Nope. I rarely test anything. I usually know exactly where he stands. If I don't, I'll sort of test him, but it's usually more of an oral drill or worksheet to see what he knows. I correct spelling as we go. Occasionally we'll work in a systematic way (using Sequential Spelling), but mostly, he doesn't need spelling instruction or testing. He's a natural speller.
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September 24th, 2011, 09:48 AM
AmAnDaMo's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Yes, they have spelling tests every week and the list focuses on a particular rule or pattern.

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September 24th, 2011, 10:21 PM
Kathode's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Yes, Mia has spelling tests but also verb tests. She's in French Immersion and french verbs practically have more exceptions than verbs that actually fit the rules so there's no getting around learning them by heart. In English they don't do spelling tests though.

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September 25th, 2011, 07:08 AM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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Yes and no. Ani had spelling tests through 7th, but she's a natural speller so we modified them. Most of the words she knew on the pretests so we skipped those for the posttest. Once she studies and learns a word she spells it right. 8th grade the spelling tests shift more to spelling and vocabulary lessons. They are done completely differently from typical lists of words spelling tests. (This is the same way they do it at the Calvert School brick and mortar private school in Baltimore btw.) Fritz is in 1st grade and he'll be starting weekly spelling tests in a week when he gets to lesson 31.

Cameron is dyslexic and dysgraphic so the normal way of doing spelling tests doesn't work for him. At all. So we use Sequential Spelling and it's been fabulous for him.

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September 27th, 2011, 03:35 PM
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I give my oldest a spelling test every week. He does really well considering the lists are 3rd grade words and he's 6. My daughter that is 4 is a memorizer so once she learns how to read a word,she most of the time can spell it.
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