Last year I rotated my students through word work activities all of the first term as a way to show them the different ways to practice their word work. When January arrived I hesitantly let them go at it on their own. They pleasantly surprised me and we continued the rest of the year like that. As they became more comfortable with words, the choices of activities they made to practice their words continued to better meet their individual academic needs. I loved that because they were deciding where they needed to be. Talk about getting my students to be independent learners. It was a win win for everyone.
This year after the required training period I decided to let my students go two months early than last year and to no surprise they haven't disappointed me. To help them make decisions with their word work practice I have a list clearly posted in my classroom of ways that they can practice their word work. The list isn't complete but meant to be a starting point, particularly at this time of the year when reading and writing is still challenging for many.