Most second graders are in the transitional stage of spelling development, incorporating more complex vowels and consonant patterns in their spelling of words.  They are learning to spell within a framework of a word-skills curriculum which includes instruction in phonics, word origins, spelling rules, and language usage.

You can help at home by helping them identify high-frequency words in their writing that are spelled incorrectly. Try drawing a dot in the margin for each high-frequency word that is spelled incorrectly in that line. Have them look for and fix the error themselves before you do it for them. If they ask you for correct spelling on other words by all means give it to them! But remember: they are just beginning their lifelong journey as authors and spellers. We don’t want a fear of making mistakes to inhibit their progress on this journey. Choose a few words to focus on at a time and give lots of encouragement as you go along.

Here is a list of the 35 “No Excuse” words that the children should be spelling correctly in every piece of writing:

  • a
  • all
  • and
  • are
  • as
  • at
  • be
  • but
  • by
  • for
  • from
  • had
  • have
  • he
  • his
  • I
  • in
  • is
  • it
  • not
  • of
  • on
  • one
  • or
  • that
  • the
  • they
  • this
  • to
  • was
  • were
  • what
  • when
  • with
  • you

Thank you for supporting these children in their quest to become great spellers!

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