Today an envelope was sent home with your student's progress report in it. Progress reports are sent home 4-6 weeks out from the next report card. Please watch the video to learn more about the envelopes.
In addition to this video I went into a little more detail about the progress report in the next video below. Specifically, our spelling program might be where you have some questions.
We are using Words Their Way, which is a word-study curriculum that individualizes learning and allows for targeting specific abilities in students to re-teach or accelerate their learning. In this program, students study words and phonics patterns that are at their developmental spelling level, as determined by the Elementary Spelling Inventory (aka a spelling test).
Word study is the combination of phonics, spelling and vocabulary.
There are 5 levels of spelling development, according to Words Their Way:
Letter Name-Alphabetic (K-2nd)
Within Word Patterns (1st-4th)
Syllables and Affixes (3rd-8th)
Derivational Relations (5th-12th grade)
At each level there are stages. Those stages are set by Early, Middle and Late.
Below is a layout of the different skills that students will study across the program.