Words Their Way is a word study program that further individualizes the way students learn to spell words. Words Their Way will focus on teaching students how to spell, decode new words, and to improve word recognition speed in general. In class, students will learn how to examine words to learn the regularities that exist in the spelling system. I will also teach them some irregularities of spelling (we call “oddball words”). The simple process of sorting words into categories is the heart of our word study program. When students sort words, they are engaged in the active process of searching, comparing, contrasting, and analyzing. Word sorts help students organize what they know about words and to form generalizations that they can then apply to new words they encounter in their reading.
In the first weeks of school, students were administered a spelling inventory that helped determine which spelling stage they were performing within. From there, students are placed into small groups to which developmentally appropriate lessons and word lists will be administered. Therefore, not all the children in my classroom are working on the same words.
Your child will be working in their word study notebook every day during school. During our literacy workstations, your child is expected to complete different activities to ensure that these words and the spelling principles they represent are mastered. Every Friday your child will take a word study assessment in which they will have to write the words into the appropriate category.
While I DO NOT assign word study homework, your child should have their words written in their planners each week for review and practice at home if needed. I have also uploaded the sorts that my groups will use this year below. These may come in handy if you want to do more sorting of words with your child, or if they do not have their words written in their planner due to absence. Your child will know which group they are in.
To learn more, read the brochure below.