(note: I really pity her. The transition is actually quite big from play school to big school. It used to be A LOT of play and now, there's almost no play at all!)
Anyway, here's what we've been doing to practice and prepare for spelling tests:
Spelling Words Flash Cards
1. I will prepare these flash cards and she will watch me write them.
2. She will write over my writing (trace) and say each letters out loud as she's tracing them.
3. She will then put blue tags on the back of each cards. (she loves this part the most)
4. Say each letters out loud before sticking them on the wall.
5. Read all the words
This method works best for us because it will make her look at the words a few times and learn to spell it without her realising it. Each time she goes into the room to play or put on clothes on, I will ask her to read and spell it. She plays in that room a lot with my husband too. While they are playing, he will ask her to spell the letters out too.
Once she knows how to spell a word, I will move the cards to the left side of the wall. The ones on the right hand side will be the difficult ones we will pay more attention to. Once she knows all of them, all the words will be on the left. After the test, we move the cards to the top. We've been doing this for a few weeks now and so far it's been good. As you can see, it doesn't look pretty at all. I need to find a way to make it prettier because the OCD in me in cringing each time I look at these flash cards on the wall. So don't worry, it is only temporary until I figure something out. Argh.
Practice makes perfect
She has this small white board that she loves. Every morning she will write on the board notes or draw something on it. I also use this board for her to practice her spelling.
We have practice runs at home too. The ones marked "A" are the ones she find easy and the ones marked "B" are the difficult ones. We will concentrate on the harder ones. I'm really dreading the topical test list because they are all difficult to her!
On the way to school, I will ask her to spell out the words again. This is quite fun for her and she loves it when I hug her to kiss her each time she gets it right!
Some of the words are pretty difficult for her but as soon as she gets it right for the first time, I will make a big deal by jumping and shouting and hugging her and she gets really amused by this and will want to get it right again! It's hilarious and I feel so silly doing it sometimes but it works!
I'm so proud of her. She's been getting all her spelling tests right so far. I'm so happy! I mean, it's only the first term and we have a long way to go but for someone who has never done any sort of spelling tests before, I think she's done extremely well. She even got all correct for her mandarin spelling test!