How exactly do you use the
My Schoolhouse Spelling Tests? Many people wonder how you use an
online spelling test without speaking the words to the child.
Simple! Each week the child prints out the spelling list for the
appropriate grade level. He or she then studies the word spellings
and meanings. It's very important that the child understand he or
she must know the meaning of the word. Why? When the child
takes the test, he or she will be given a list of sentences with blanks.
Each blank corresponds to one of the spelling words. The child must
read the sentence and determine what spelling word best fits the sentence.
He or she must then spell the word correctly. Too difficult?
Not at all! At first the child struggles with the concept of
learning the words meanings and spellings, but after awhile, he or she
gets the hang of it and becomes quite successful.
What makes this better than
simply writing the word on a piece of paper after the teacher pronounces
it? The child not only learns the spelling of the word but also its
meaning and usage on My Schoolhouse.
Give it a try, but don't
give up too soon. You might need to start with a lower level
spelling list. :)