I am curious:
My girls (6y 4m) 1st grade teacher does differentiated spelling, that is the teacher gathers words for kids individually. My daughters teacher does spelling based on the DOLCH word list and simply goes down it for spelling (each teacher is allowed to do what they want- no formal program. This is what my girls teacher does). They must be able to read the list. Then they practice spelling words they miss on a pretest so that they do not have tests on words they already can spell.
DD1 list: DD2 list
This seems tough, but I like it since they are learning new words all the time and I can see it in their writing. But both girls seem to be good spellers and have had similar words since January. They have been successful with this program and love the challenge!
That said-- the 2nd grade teachers as a team decided to all use a Spectrum spelling list (at this school) and some related curriculum words. The whole class gets the the same words, mastery or not.
I peeked at the words for next year (at this same time for next year): They were gift, rift, lift, left, swift, craft, circle, cone, and prism.
I am wondering how DDs will react next year when most of the words they already know how to spell. I really like what they are doing this year and think it has helped a lot, combined with Words Their Way word exploration program, both DDs writing has come so very far this year! They love to write (which makes me happy since writing was such a chore when I was younger).
What program does your kids classroom use? Do you like it?
What woudl you do?
I really like the math , science ,writing, & spelling (unique to the teacher)....not too thrilled at the reading- which is mostly them reading to themselves or to other high readers (there is a little group of six 1st graders reading at 3rd grade+ level) while teacher works with lower groups. But over all pretty happy, that said- it seems to be teacher dependent on the reading/spelling programs as long as they are working toward state mandated guidelines....