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Dear Parents and Guardians,


Your child will be bringing home a collection of spelling words weekly that have been introduced in class. Each night of the week your child is expected to do a different activity to ensure that these words and the spelling principles they represent are mastered. These activities have been modeled and practised in school, so your child can teach you how to do them.


Sort the words into categories like the ones we did in school. Your child should read each word aloud during this activity. Ask your child to explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way - what does the sort reveal about spelling in general? Ask your child to sort them a second time as fast as possible. You may want to time them.


Do a blind sort with your child. Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud. Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it. Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she is wrong.


Assist your child in doing a "word hunt", looking in a book they have already read for words that have the same sound, pattern, or both. Try to find two or three for each category.


Do a writing sort to prepare for the Friday test. As you call out the words in a random order your child should write them in categories. Call out any words your child misspells a second or even third time.



To assure progress for your childs learning in the area of math it is very important to establish the knowlege of the times tables facts. This knowledge will help your child to problem solve more successful on a higher level especially in the area of division and multiplication. Focussing on one times table fact after school is sufficient, it is the repeated practice of the facts that will built your childs knowledge. I have provided interesting and challenging activities online: go to www.studyladder.co.nz/myschool/17236/myclass/401564. Your child has her/ his own password to log in.

Thank you for your support. Together we can achieve more.


Mr. Gorlich