Sample Spelling Lists for Practice
Learning to spell is another important skill which parents can reinforce through work at home. Here are several sample lists of spelling words which you may use as a guideline for developing your own spelling program, or simply for practicing the words at home with your child. Again, while these lists are not meant to be all-inclusive, they are a good starting point when looking for benchmarks to use in developing your own review or lessons.
If you are not simply working off of a list sent home from school, but are devising your own curriculum instead, it is advisable to test your child on words slightly below and slightly above the level that would be considered age-appropriate. From there, you can determine which words he or she already knows or needs to review. Once the age-appropriate words have been mastered, you can begin to work on the next level up.
You should also spend time teaching or reviewing words which are encountered as part of your child's day-to-day life. Is he involved in soccer? Then you will want to work on familiar words related to the game. Does your child interact with extended family on a regular basis? Then learning to spell their names would be important. Does your child have a favorite TV show, video game or book? Spending time learning how to spell related words will help to improve his writing skills.