Reading is an essential part of every child's learning process. Each night, your child should be reading for at least 20 minutes. This can be completed in many forms: your child can read outloud to you (their older sibling, their dog, their stuffed animals... anyone!), your child can be read to, and/or you can alternate.
Your child will have words to study each week that are representative of specific spelling rules (ex. the letter "e" at the end of a word makes the first vowel long ... "hop" becomes "hope").
Students use the category cards to facilitate sorting their words by the way it is spelled and how it sounds when read aloud. Ask your child what each word means and practice spelling each word. Please be sure to emphasize the spelling rule so your child is able to recognize spelling patterns for future use when trying to spell words.
It is a great idea to build a "game box" for your child to keep all mathematics and word study games and materials that they bring home from school. This way the games and activities may be revisited for reinforcement of mathematical and word study concepts. Please take time to play these games as they are an essential part of the program.