Spelling Tests for Home Practice

While spelling tests are most often administered by teachers, parents who want to play a proactive role in their children's education can administer them at home. At-home tests allow you to evaluate your child's skill level and provide additional practice. Browse through the following websites to find practice spelling tests.

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Activities from AAASpell.com

At AAASpell.com, you can generate spelling tests by entering new spelling words in a box. You may also use a site-generated list. Each list is assigned a unique number so it's easy to locate the exact list you want. There's also an option to record practice sessions so you can chart your child's progress.

Kids can also do alphabet exercises where they learn letters, then practice and compare them in various ways. Most of the lessons can be done alone, but an exercise description helps you decide which activity is best for your child.

Spelling Games at Scholastic

Children can play games to help memorize spelling words with Scholastic's Spelling Wizard. Enter your child's spelling list online and create a spelling scramble and word search. Other parent-produced activities to help with spelling success include root word flash cards and word searches for words that sound alike. Additionally, a parent section gives advice on activities for boosting spelling and vocabulary for primary-age children. For instance, one article called 'Five Steps to Spelling Success' offers tips you can use to help your child do his or her best on spelling tests.

Practice Spelling Online Using HomeSpellingWords.com

Your child can use this site to practice spelling online. You can either type in the weekly spelling list or use a computer-generated spelling list available for grades 1-8. A computer voice reads the words and your child types them into a box. You can create a free account to generate tests and to access spelling games. The 'demonstration' link at the top of the page provides an overview of the entire program, showing you how to use each component.

HomeSpellingWords.com may be especially helpful to 1st and 2nd graders, bilingual children and children with reading disabilities because its online spelling program combines different learning modalities. Children can hear the word, visualize it and write it.

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