10 Of The Best Low Prep Spelling Activities That Really Work

10 Of The Best Low Prep Spelling Activities That Really Work - tinystepsmakebigstrides.comLearning to spell and thus the teaching of spelling should be part of an interwoven literacy curriculum, where creativity can sit alongside mechanics as partners not enemies. Continue reading “10 Of The Best Low Prep Spelling Activities That Really Work”

Spelling Tests Don’t Work

Is spelling the worst taught subject? tinysptepsmakebigstrides.com

I really hate spelling lists, you know the ones that come out on a Monday and a test is on a Friday.  The ones that have badly spelt words from the previous week or they are from some list that was concocted from a high frequency words list or worse still a topic vocabulary list! Continue reading “Spelling Tests Don’t Work”

How Do You Prepare For NAPLAN? Part 2 -Language Conventions

Punctuation Saves Lives
Punctuation Saves Lives!  From Punctuation Mark by Belinda Ellis

The Language Conventions test is probably the hardest to learn without direct instruction.  Direct instruction does not have to come from worksheets. Children can learn far more from fluid conversations and discussion with modelling of concepts.  The mechanics of language are learned overtime and there is a tendency to push this earlier and earlier. All this knowledge will come with time, practice and experience.  These conventions are not in oral language and so have to be consciously learned.  Rote learning will not concrete any concepts. It is only in the concrete that children can then adapt and process this knowledge to use it further. Continue reading “How Do You Prepare For NAPLAN? Part 2 -Language Conventions”

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