Not the most fun way to spend a Friday evening, but a great feeling now that it is finished and printed out!
Unfortunately, my husband and I haven't found the time for an 'In Design' desktop publishing tutorial yet, so this isn't in booklet form. Maybe next August! However, I've updated the look of the pages a bit, and it worked fine last year to send it home as a packet that was just stapled in the corner. The first picture below is the packet all stapled together, with a covering letter to parents on the front. In the second picture, you can see what it looks like inside. There are 4 pages of Spelling ideas and 4 pages of Phoneme ideas (most are the same, it has to be said!). I copy them back to back, so I'm only sending home 5 pages all together (including the cover letter to parents).
I love having my class choose their own task, along with their parents. As a parent myself, I know how stressful it is when you have 3 different activities on, and your child has been assigned the most time-consuming spelling or phonics task possible - to be completed and handed in the next day! Using this packet, families can choose what they'd like or what they have time to do.
In my covering letter, I do highlight the task I often find has the most impact on pupils remembering how to spell words - 'Tricky Words'. This task asks them to tell me whether their words are 'easy' (can sound them out in a straightforward way - like 'cat') or tricky. If they are tricky, they need to tell me what makes them tricky (in the word 'again', you don't hear the 'a', for example). We always do this in class as well - talk about what makes a word harder to spell & what special things we need to remember about different words to help us. It does seem to help quite a bit more than copying out the word 3-4 times. Children can copy their word without thinking - but this particular tasks asks them to engage a bit more with how a word is spelled.
If you think this would be helpful, you can get the packet here or by clicking on the cover picture at the top of the post. Sample page from the pack below (including the 'Tricky Word' task):