Home Learning has recommenced this week, with a change to how spelling homework is going to be sent home. As part of our transition into Year 3, the students are now bringing home Words Their Way word sorts for the spelling component of the Homework Grid. This is in line with how spelling homework will continue, once the children move up into Year 3.
The children have been completing Word Sorts for the past term and have become quite expert at the different sorts they will be asked to complete over the course of the two week period. However, as a reminder here is an explanation of how the two weeks of spelling homework should run.
Today, the children received their new word sort. They cut up their words and carried out an Open Sort. The children bring home the same set of words that they work on in class for the two weeks. A small plastic ziplock bag has been provided for the children to keep their cut up words safe. They should complete the same word sort at home that they have completed in school that day.
Your child brings home a sheet which looks like this…
The spelling patterns that are being practised are represented by CVC, CVCe, VCC, where the Consonant and Vowel pattern is being taught. These are your headings. Underneath, there will be example words in bold. These should be sorted first.
A completed word sort for the above spelling pattern looks like this…
The Words Their Way program focuses on spelling patterns and rules. Ask your child if they can explain why each word goes under each spelling pattern. In the above picture, the word live is in the wrong column. Have your child check their word sorts and correct any errors, explaining why they need to be moved to another column.
For some Word Sorts there will be a small number of Oddball words. These are words that do not follow the spelling pattern. For example in the CVVC/ai word sort, the word said has the spelling pattern consonant/ai/consonant but does not give the long ai sound. Therefore, it is an oddball.
Please note, children who are working towards learning the Magic 100 and 200 words need to continue learning these words as well as carrying out the Words Their Way homework, as this is an end of year expectation for Year 2.
As always, if you have any questions regarding our Home Learning this term, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.