This year, my 8 year old daughter now has vocabulary words quizzes bi-weekly in her grade school classroom. As part of the reading curriculum, the students are given 15 vocabulary words and definitions to memorize. The teacher reads the definitions out loud on Friday and the students must not only remember them by memory (no word bank) but also spell them as close to the correct spelling as possible.
These vocabulary tests are a point of frustration and tears for my 3rd grade who is not a fan of them. In all honesty, I’m not either. I don’t think they are the best and most accurate measurement of the words and being able to use them. I do, however, think that it is important to teach good study skills and explained to my daughter that even though we don’t like these tests, they are part of the curriculum and we need to figure out a strategy for success.
*NOTE - all schools and classrooms are different. Make sure to stay in touch with your child's teacher to find out what assessments are taking place in your child's classroom. We do not have spelling tests weekly, but these tips and tricks would work for spelling tests as well.