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Looking for some creative ways to help your children learn their spelling words? Need something new next time your child has spelling homework and you’re tired of telling them to write them each repeatedly?
Here are two unique ideas that I have seen implemented in a few elementary classrooms:
Four Times Each
Okay, I know. Write the word four times…at first it seems boring, right? But here’s the catch. Your child will still write the word several times, only with a little more excitement! Create a simple chart with 10 rows (or however many spelling words your child has) and four columns (or you may want to create more on our own, after you see where I’m going). The columns should each have one of the following listed at the very top: pencil, colored pencil, marker, crayon. Have your child write each word under the particular type of writing utensil, in that utensil. For instance, if the first word is “cat” then you child will write “cat” in pencil, under the pencil column; they will write “cat” in colored pencil, under the colored pencil column; they will write “cat” in marker, under the marker column; and they will write “cat” in crayon, under the crayon column. Click here for a printable sheet to use!
Feel free to get even more creative and add more columns. You could even put colors in the columns (red, yellow, blue, etc.) and allow the child a choice in which type of writing utensil is used, as long as it is the correct color stated in the column.
Spelling Pyramids (or Spelling Stairs)
Have your child make pyramids out of each of their spelling words. Let’s say, again, your first spelling word is “cat.” Start by first writing the first letter of the word “cat.” Then underneath that, write the first and second letter of the word “cat”. Underneath that, you then write the first, second, and third letter of the word “cat.” Obviously “cat” only has three letters so you’re then done with that word. If it had more letters, you would continue on in the same way. You can have your child make as many pyramids as needed. Here is a quick example of this:
Hopefully these ideas will help you breathe new life into your weekly spelling routine!
Kelli Lewis is an Early Childhood Education graduate student at the University of Georgia who often shares her wonderful ideas on A Learning Experience. (Lucky us!)