A Comparison Of Spelling Abilities For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades 2

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A Comparison Of Spelling Abilities For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades


Children learning to spell at school will find the difficulty-level in words being taught increase from year to year as they progress through the school Grading system. If you are not sure what these words might be, here are a few examples to help you become familiar.
In Grade 1 children will be introduced to the most basic words, and vowel sounds such as am, an, as, at, rat, sat, cat, bad, mad, pad in lesson 1, right through to words such as heat, bang, fang, gang, tank, rank, sank, and dime by the end of the year.

Grade 2 words become progressively more difficult as they explore the various sounds vowels can make when forming certain words. Words covered range from lime, fine, tell, yell, belt, rave, gave in lesson 1, to clover, over, solar, homely, poem by the end of the year, with a more thorough examination of the vowels a, e, and i, when used in more complex situations, and longer words such as blaze, steep, sequence, fritter, and pattern.

In Grade 3 students are taught about the vowels o, and u, and how words are formed using these such as doctor, morning, moose, lunar, rudder, and gruel, and then go on to be introduced to the concept of syllables, and words that feature different vowels within the one word.

That may all sound very simple, and easy, but beware it won’t be. Hark back to your days at school, and when you first started to learn how to spell. Yes, it was tricky wasn’t it when you came up against words where it sounded like a “e” should be there but in fact it was a “u”? Well, now your child is going to be in exactly the same position with the same pressures.

By the end of Grade 3, your child may well be a little perplexed by all the different “rules,” and “regulations” they need to learn in the complicated English language, and will no doubt require assistance through these first three years of school.

Fortunately, there is a very good software program available to take all the trickiness away. It’s called Ultimate Spelling, and is the ideal tool for your child to practice their spelling with. The great thing about it is you can create your own word lists, and therefore input the words your child is currently studying from Grade to Grade.

With its instant feedback facility, every word being practiced will be assessed, and marked according to its correctness so your child will know straight away if they have got it right, or need to try again. And if they have got it wrong, then Ultimate Spelling won’t them get away with passing on it, they will have to keep trying until they have spelled it correctly at least once before being allowed to progress to the next word. It’s drilling, but in a fun, and easy to use way, and the personalized tracking system means progress is always continuously kept up to date.

From Grade 1 to Grade 10, Ultimate Spelling covers all the words likely to be taught throughout your child’s school life, with many more beside. So if you want to make sure your child gets off on the right foot in Grade 1, check out Ultimate Spelling to see how learning to spell can be fun, as well as easy.