I haven’t purchased a spelling curriculum for Joe yet, mainly because he isn’t old enough for the one I’ve chosen, but I plan to go with Spelling Power when he is in 2nd grade. Nevertheless, I want him to start learning the correct spelling of the words he writes. He has really taken off in reading and writing the last few weeks and I feel like it’s time for a little spelling guidance.
I found a great site for free spelling lists for grades 1-4, called Super Teacher Worksheets. There are 36 spelling lists for each grade level—enough for an entire school year. Besides the lists, there are printable practice sheets, word scrambles and ABC order activities that go along with each week’s words.
Super Teacher Worksheets also has free printables in the areas of teacher helps, math, social studies, phonics, grammar and just about any subject you need to teach. This site is loaded with awesome stuff and worth checking out!
Just this past week Joe started reading short chapter books like these two on his own:
I am really excited that he is reading so well and has the desire to read on his own—he read all week, sometimes for over an hour at a time in these books! But…I am concerned as to whether he is comprehending what he is reading. I also want to make sure he is reading the words right when he reads independently. I still have him read aloud to me daily and I read to him at night, and during school as well, but I still worry.
I remembered the site BookAdventure.org—membership is free.
I used it with Hanna when she was in lower elementary for book quizzes to gauge her reading comprehension. Just about any book title can be found on this site in their Quiz-O-Matic section. I signed Joe up and he has been taking quizzes on what he reads independently this last week, and doing very well so far, phew!
Do you have any spelling and/or reading comprehension sites/helps you use? If so, please leave them in the comments—I’d love to check them out!