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Lesson Seventeen: Silent ‘c’ as in scissors and scene and muscle
s__issors s__ience s__ent s__ene
1. Write the letter ‘c’ in the space in each of the above words.
2. Read the words aloud.
3. What do you notice about the letter ‘c’?
4. If you know the meaning of the word give it a tick.
5. Use a dictionary to look up the meaning of the other words.
6. Use a lead pencil for this activity.
• Study each word, one at a time.
• When you think you can write it without looking back write it on one of the lines below.
• Check back to see how you spelt the word correctly.
• Tick the word if you got it correct.
• If you did not get it correct, underline the letters that are tricking you then erase your incorrect attempt.
• Study the word again and write it again.
• Repeat the above steps until you have conquered the word. 
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Lesson Seventeen: silent ‘c’ as in scissors and scene and muscle:
Page 36 No 6: use a lead pencil and encourage children to write lightly so they can erase any mistakes.
Tutor Notes: Before working this exercise have a chat with the children about working honestly. If they look back and copy the word instead of testing their spelling, explain that they are only cheating themselves. It’s important for children to realise they are/can be responsible for their own learning. (Spelling the word incorrectly the first time is not the mistake – not learning how to spell it properly is the mistake.)
At this point it is also an appropriate time to have a discussion with the children aimed at getting them to realise that they all learn at different rates. Some children find spelling (or reading or maths etc) easy,
others find it difficult. Get each child to ask her/himself where she/he stands on the continuum. If he/she is one who finds it difficult then he/she will know more effort is required from him/her than, perhaps, from other children.
When children realise/come to terms with this their learning is less stressful, more enjoyable and they are more comfortable ‘in their own skin’. I have also found their learning improves.
This is a discussion that can be had many times throughout the year.