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                         Math Vocabulary:Numeration
Grade 1 number line, graph, pattern, estimate, skip count, greater, less, ten-frame
Grade 2 estimate, group, skip count, digit, order, greater than, less than, place value, rounding, regroup
Grade 3 ones, tens, hundreds, expanded form, ordinal number, place value, regroup, rounding, numeral, digit, number words, decimal point, toonie, loonie, quarter, dime, nickel, penny
Grade 4 numeral, round, less than, greater than, expanded form, standard form, compare, estimate, place value, attribute, pattern, regroup, order, base ten blocks, Carroll Diagram
Grade 5 hundred thousand, millions, ten million, hundred million, tenths, hundredths, thousandths, decimal, round, greater than, less than, expanded form, standard form, inequality signs, digit, pattern
Grade 6 and 7 problem solving, equation, decimal, brackets, equivalent, exponent, distributive, dividend, divisor, order of operations, inequality sign, digit, bytes, irrational number, rational number, million, kilo, mega, standard form, estimate, simplify, round, difference, quotient, period, sum, product
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Some Ways to Help Your Child Learn Spelling At Home

Encourage your child to use 'invented' spelling
  • this is their attempt to write letters that match the sounds they hear in a word
  • it encourages them to try out what they are learning
  • develops confidence and independence
  • develops word recognition and phonices skills faster
Help them to hear the individual sounds in words
  • read rhyming stories, play word games, clap the syllables, stretch out the words to empahsize the sounds and make new words by changing the first or last sound
Have your child look through a piece of work and see which words don't 'look right'
  • help him/her fix those words up by identifying and fixing only the part that is no correct
Help your child break large words into more manageable chunks
For words it is necessary to memorize, have your child say the letters out loud at the same time as they are written
  • this reinforces auditory memory as well as visual memory
Teach your child how to effectively use a dictionary and spell checker
Brainstorm a list of 25 - 50 (or more depending on the age of the child) 'frequently used' words
  • discuss the fact that these words are useful to remember because we use them all the time
  • practice tests on these frequently used words are helpful
  • challenge your child to increase the number of these words he/she can spell automatically
Write the high frequency words on paper, but leave out groups of letters (gr_ps of lett_s)
  • have your child fill in the missing letters
  • Have your child verbalize in their own words the "phonics rules' that are consistent (some rules are less than 60% reliable!)
Play word games and do word puzzles
Put about 20 words from a story, theme or the high frequency word on cards or paper and together sort them into categories that have similar letter groups or sounds

adapted from:  Rosencrans, G.  The Spelling Book:  Teaching kids how to spell not what to spell.  IRA, Newark;  1998.