First-graders need to practice the following word lists. Students should be able to read and spell all the words from the word lists by the end of first grade. Some of the words overlap among the word lists. There are aggregate word lists and flashcards provided for your convenience when practicing the words at home each evening.
| Weekly Spelling Words
Spelling words are distributed to the children at the beginning of the week. Spelling tests are administered at the end of the week.
Spelling Study Techniques
Look, Say, Spell Weekly Words
Spelling Words Flashcards
| Fundations, Word List #1
Fundations words are studied daily in our Fundations lessons. Students should be able to read and spell these words by the end of January.
Fundations Word List #1 Flashcards
| Fundations, Word List #2
Fundations words are studied daily in our Fundations lessons. Students should be able to read and spell these words by the end of June.
Fundations Word List #2 Flashcards
| Combined Word Lists
Go for it! Study all three word lists without redundancy. The words are in order of frequency beginning with the weekly spelling words.
Combined Word Lists Flashcards
Word List Study Technique:
Your children are at the stage where they can begin to practice high-frequency, sight words. Sight words are, as the name implies, words your child can read automatically without hesitation (sounding out/tapping). This is an important skill to developing fluent, enthusiastic, confident readers.
High-frequency words are words that appear often in printed text. Just three words - I, and, the - account for 10 percent of all words in printed English. High-frequency words play an important role in holding together the coherence of texts. High-frequency words are often abstract and do not follow phonetic spelling strategies. Some of these words have irregular, challenging spellings - and, because they play an important grammatical role, are challenging to predict from picture clues or surrounding text. The purpose for learning high-frequency words is that reading will be easier and more enjoyable.
Our brains learn and retain five to nine pieces of information at a time (the seven plus or minus two rule). An efficient method for your child to learn high-frequency words is to group (sort) them according to meaning. For example, you may want to group them by color words, family words, two-letter words, etc. After your child becomes familiar with the words in these groups, then mix them up and study them randomly.
Please follow the following steps to study high-frequency words:
1. Fasten seven plus or minus two flashcards together with a two-inch loose-leaf ring. This ensemble becomes the "Words I'm Learning" ring.
2. Each time your child reads a word correctly, put a small dot or sticker on the upper right corner of the flashcard. You will know your child has mastered a word (earned a dot) when they can read the word automatically, without hesitation or sounding out (tapping).
3. Practic the "Words I'm Learning" daily (it may take less than five minutes).
4. After your child has read a word correctly five times (indicated by five dots in the flashcard's right hand corner), put this word on a "Words I know" ring.
5. Replace the word removed from the "Words I'm Learning" ring with a new flashcard word.
6. Practice the "Words I know" once per week.
7. Repeat this process until all words are read with automaticity.