I was recently on-line looking for tips to help you and our students find creative and effective ways to study for their DAILY dictées because practicing your words CAN be fun!
Here’s a short list to get you started… Enjoy!
1. Say the word out loud clearly and in an exaggerated way so that you hear each part.
Example: li-br-a-ry WedNesday mon-ta-gne
2. Use what you know. Think, “What do I know about this word?”… If the word is “bateau”, you might know “eau” and the beginning “-bat”. Do some word math and add them together!
3. Fold Overs
Make six accordion folds on a blanks piece of paper. Write the word you are practicing on the first fold. Fold over the paper and write the word from memory. Check and continue until it is spelled correctly.
4. Post-It Notes Quick and easy flashcards!
Write each part of your spelling word on different Post-It notes. Scramble the papers and stick them on the table. Reassemble the parts to spell the word. Try making nonsense words too!
Example: “cheval” , “jardin”
5. Sound Chunks
Break the words into “chunks”- remember that there is a vowel in each chunk.
6. Word Families
Think of rhyming words, or ‘families’.
Example: “ight”- light, night, sight, etc.
in French- lapin, matin, sapin, etc.
7. Sound Letter Blends
Look for common patterns.
Example: “ch”, “sh”, “th”, etc.
8. Silent Letters
Highlight the letters that you can see but not hear.
Example: ghost, hibou
Write your words in the air. Imagine in your mind. Try writing on a white board instead of paper.
10. Use colours
Highlight word parts of silent letters in different colours to make them more noticeable.
11. Frequent practice
Most importantly, review, practice and study consistently!