There is a direct correlation between pronunciation and spelling. It is important that your child develop an ear for the French language and that he or she mimics the correct sound while practing their dictée. This will not only help in spelling, but in reading as well as these words are frequently used.
On the left hand side of this page you will find a link to the audio version of your child's dictée list for the year. Your child has been introduced to this page and knows how to access it. Please help your child become more independant by inviting him or her to practice their dictée using this tool.
There are lots of ways to practice spelling words but here is a method that shows results:
- Have the list in front of you.
- Listen to the words and read the words at the same time. Do this three times.
- Be a detective and look for patterns in the list, look of sneaky traps (silent letters, blended sounds).
- Pronounce the word slowly and write it out 5 times while looking at your written list.
- Hide your written list and use only the audio now. Listen to the word. Pronounce the word slowly as you write each letter at the same time.
- When you are done writing all the words, look over your words, read them again. Did you forget anything? Now look at your written list and compare. Did you get them all right? If not, don't worry, practice makes perfect! Work on the words that you didn't get right.
This method is great for the first or second time practicing new words but after a while it gets old and your child might want to try something different:
- use alphabet pretzels or cereal to spell the words
- use alphabet magnets on a fridge
- use a white board or chalk board
- practice reciting the spelling in the car on a your way to the store.
- use scrabble tiles and create a Srabble game with those dictée words
How ever you choose to practice the dictée, your child needs to practice daily. Understanding the letter and sound association is the basis of reading and writing.