Each week your child will have new spelling words. The weekly spelling words are from our reading series and follow the phonics pattern that we are covering for that week. Our spelling lists will be sent home on a Friday and the words will be tested on that following Friday. Spelling lists consist of 10 base words along with 5 optional challenge words. These 5 optional challenge words will follow the phonics pattern, but the words will be higher level words. On the day the list comes home, be sure to discuss with your child if they will be taking the 10 or 15 word test on that following Friday. Please remember, the 15 word test includes the 5 optional challenge words. The Friday of the test, your child will tell me if they are taking the 10 or 15 word test. Their grade will be determined based on how many words they spell correctly out of 10 or 15. If your child is mastering the 10 base words each week, be sure to encourage them to try all 15 words. Every week I will also include 3 bonus words to see if your child is mastering the phonics skill. These bonus words can only add points to the test. No points will be deducted if they get any of the bonus words incorrect. Bonus words are not optional. Bonus words will not be sent home to study. Below is a link to Spelling City which is a great website to help your child practice their spelling words.