You will notice we don't do traditional spelling words in my classroom. I use a program called Words Their Way. It is researched based and designed so that students can work on words at their level.
I will give a spelling inventory (test) multiple times a year to determine your child's developmental spelling stage. Based on those results I will divide the class into groups and each group will have a different spelling list.
How it works:
Students get their lists (each group will get their list on a different day)
I review what their spelling pattern is and their sorting categories for that week.
Students will spend a week working on that list.
Activities students will do with their words: cut them up, sort them based on their pattern, write them, illustrate them, define them, add them to their word bank in a notebook, write them in their planner, glue them on a sorting page.
Students are graded weekly on a page they turn in at the end of the week. I grade how the student glued their words onto their sorting page and the writing page on the back side of the sorting page.
There are no "spelling tests". This program focuses on noticing patterns in words and helping them spell other words using those patterns. Where with spelling tests students are simply memorizing a list.
Homework: I will not assign spelling homework. However, I will not discourage my students from practicing them at home.