Is your child expected to learn spelling words each week? My son is in first grade and already (!) has a list of ten words to study every week. Attempting to get him to sit down and learn how to spell his words can be a daunting task sometimes. . . and not just for him! So, we have come up with a few ways to practice spelling words weekly that are enjoyable and not your same old drill and practice.
Cookie Spelling (K, 1st, 2nd) – Provide a cookie sheet for your child and a container of magnetic letters (it’s best if you have multiple copies of each letter). Have your child spell his/her words on the cookie sheet. This is a great way to quickly assess your child’s spelling.
- Have your child practice spelling known sight words as well.
- Teachers – create a Cookie Spelling literacy center for your K-2 students
Back Spelling (K, 1st, 2nd) – Great for tactile learners! Have your child simply spell his/her spelling words on your back. You guess what the word is. Then switch and you spell the words on your child’s back and have him/her guess what the words are. If the back proves to be difficult, then close eyes and spell in each other’s hand.
Spelling Mix-Up (K-5th) – Write words on individual index cards. Cut each letter out and spread out on a table, mixed up. Put the letters together to spell the individual words.
Spelling City (K-5th) Spelling City is a website that offers parents the ability to insert their child’s spelling words (or sight words if you want!) into a family profile page. You can create multiple lists on this page. For example, I made individual lists of my son’s words for each month and I made a list of the sight words he is expected to know. Children can then play games that use their own spelling words. Teachers can incorporate this into their classrooms as well. Additionally, you can choose to use other lists that have been created by families/classrooms around the country.
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