I don't feel to ignore it completely would be right. If she's in the bottom group, that means that she could improve and try to catch up with the higher groups. But I know, you feel at a loss with the spelling lists she gets...
I think that what Um and Belinda were trying to say is that a bad speller can go far in life
, so don't worry too much
. It is just important to keep some practise fun and that your DD doesn't get inhibited because of her poor spelling when she has to write a story.
So just keep always a very positive attitude, without showing any worry on your part
What would you suggest that is fun, that doesn't require much thought or preparation from me, that is systematic, and that would genuinely improve her spelling over the next year or so without taking up much of her time?
I can't say that would be particularly 'fun'
, but she could regularly do a page or two of the Key Spellings Book 4 by Anne Forster (Author), Paul Martin (Author) published by Schofield & Sims Ltd... if you feel that could help her.
This publisher has another serie called New Spellaway by Lynn Goss (Author), Helen Donaldson (Author), which you might find useful.
In order to get some spelling lists more difficult than the one your DD gets at school
, look at the lists of the different schools on this adress:http://www.spellanywhere.co.uk/spellings.php
Your daughter can practise her spelling by typing the words after hearing them. There might be some other interesting activities on this website too... I have never had the time to investigate this matter closely...
Good luck! And enjoy all the reading you do with your DD!