How we do it – spelling

“How would you spell the word plate?”

Joe grabs his pencil and starts working. I nudge the pencil with my hand. “What’s the word?”

He huffs a little. “Pate.”

“Oh, we’re not matching on that word. Let me say it again and you say it back. Plate.”

How we do it: Handwriting

It’s spelling time at ALP, and I’ve just given Sam his paper, pencil and eraser.

“Here’s your word – spot.”

Sam grabs his pencil and makes a mark on the paper. I stop him by covering the paper with my hand.