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Spelling tests are things that even many parents would not pass with flying colors, but they can still help their children to do well on their spelling tests. Help your child do well on spelling tests – a good speller can go far in life.
First of all, before the actual spelling test, give your child a pre-test. Take your child’s spelling list and read the words to him and have them write them down on a piece of paper. Do not simply let him copy them -- children learn how to spell words by visualizing them in their minds. Use the word in the sentence and repeat it if your child needs you to. Then have him or her repeat it before spelling it. Pronouncing the word will help your child get the letters properly since every letter has one or two distinct sounds. It is best to give the pre-test in the same way that the teacher would give the actual spelling tests.
After the test has been completed, your child should correct his own spelling test. He can focus on just the words that he misspelled or the ones that he had trouble with. To help him prepare for his spelling test, have him follow these next steps:
• Say the word two or three times while looking at it.
• Close your eyes and visualize the word. Now spell the word out loud.
• Now open your eyes and look at the word to see if you have spelled it out loud correctly.
• Look at the word, then cover the word and write it out.
• Check and see if you have written the word correctly. Repeat these steps until the word is spelled correctly.
• Say the word and spell the word out loud multiple times. Use the word in a sentence. If you hear the word throughout the day, stop and spell it.
After your child has studied all of the misspelled words, give your child one more practice test before the actual spelling test. Give him a final spelling test with all the words. If he passes this spelling test, he is done for the day. It is always best to repeat this activity the following day to be certain that he has retained the information overnight. If he has, he is certain to do well on the actual spelling test later in the day.
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