Let me explain how much our family does not look forward to Thursday nights when we must work like mad to ensure my son can at least spell most of his spelling words. Check the picture to gain a sense of the party like atmosphere we have when practicing spelling.
Typically we also have a book to read and math worksheets to complete as well on Thursdays. He can breeze through the math, but man does spelling just send us to a whole new world of tears, frustrations, and anger. To make things more frustrating is that I cannot seem to find any research supporting spelling tests. Is is just simple rote memorization because I have a hard time believing that if I gave him a test over all the words we have studied so far that he would actually pass. It is not that he lacks intelligence, but it just does not follow a logical procedure like math.
Thank goodness Friday is almost here.