Here are some
hints I have given my students over the years to help them
remember their spelling words. Spelling is an essential skill
spelling does not have to be dull and monotonous. It can be fun
and engaging. The key to making it fun is to vary the
suggestions below. Try all of the hints.
sure to practice daily because spelling is a critical skill that
needs to be reinforced daily. Practice helps you to be prepared
for their spelling tests. More importantly though, practice
provides improved spelling which thereby improves writing which
is a vital skill.
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2. Write your words 3 times each
3. Trace your words in crayon or
4. Write a sentence for each
5. Make flashcards using markers.
6. Illustrate each word.
7. Make a crossword puzzle with
8. Make a word search with your
to create games.
10. Have the children say and
spell the words into a tape recorder and then listen to it.
11. Use play dough to make the
12. Use play dough to have your
child write the words in it.
13. Use a box of sand, rice, or
salt to have your child use his or finger to write the word.
14. Write each word on two index
cards and then play concentration.
15. Use letter tiles to spell
out your words.
16. Use magnetic letters to
spell out your words.
17. Paint your spelling
18. Make a PowerPoint
presentation using your words. Then put them on an IPod to
use them as flashcards.
Here are some additional hints to help you learn new spelling
words. When you are trying to learn a new word, use the LOOK -
THINK - COVER - WRITE - CHECK method to
Step 1: LOOK
carefully at the new word. How can you
break it into smaller bits? Do any of the smaller
bits remind you of the patterns of letters from
Step 2: THINK about the parts of the words which might
cause problems - double letters for instance, or a
vowel that isn't pronounced as you would expect.
Step 3: COVER the word and close your eyes. Try to see it
in your mind.
Step 4: WRITE the word down without looking back.
Step 5: CHECK to see if you're right. If not, look carefully at
where you went wrong and try again.
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