As I am sure you know by now from previous posts of mine, we are a homeschooling family. We are starting to teach our five year old son how to read and write. I gave him three words to learn and gave him a spelling test at the end of the week. His words were car, dog and cat.
Each day we would go over the words, write them and I would have him read them back to me. The first word he learned was dog, he knew it by heart after the first day, cat and car took a couple more days but by the end of the week he was ready and excited to take his first spelling test.
I gave him a blank piece of paper, had him write his name at the top and told him he needed to write his spelling words for me. Not only did he get 100% on his test but his writing improved a lot from the start of the week to to the end of the week. We do need to work on the way he holds his pencil though. He wants to hold it in his fist but a friend of mine gave me a great idea about breaking the pencil in half so it is smaller and he won’t be able to hold it like that anymore.
Alex was very proud of himself about learning these words. He went sledding with a friend over the weekend and he told his friend’s parents he could spell those words and spelled them for them several times. I am really excited to see how excited he is about learning.