Not only did we lose Maddy’s very first homework packet over here in the chaos of the first few weeks of school; we also only spent only a fraction of the time we should have on her first spelling word list.
Needless to say, that first test wasn’t pretty, and Maddy really didn’t learn the words like she should have–or could have. So we’ve been trying new ways of tackling the spelling word beast over here.
This teachy-mama has done a little research and has come up with some very exciting Fun Ways to Learn Spelling Words for my sweet Maddy so that she doesn’t look at it as homework–she looks at it as fun.
So here’s what we found:
The entire fun ways of learning spelling wordsas a pdf to download (find it at the bottom of the post!), but here’s a sampling of what we’re trying. . .
With spelling word flash cards:
- Flash Cards: I’m a flash card fan–not to endlessly flip in front of a kid’s face–but to use in games, activities, and sneaky-learning ways. I’ve created flash cards for each of Maddy’s lists but I’ve also created a Blank Spelling List for those weeks I just can’t type one myself (or for anyone else to use). spelling list-blank sheetis here as a pdf.
- Spelling Word Memory: Create a double set of word cards and play a game of Spelling Word Memory by spreading out the cards face down and then taking turns flipping two cards at a time to find a pair!
- Flip 4 Steps: In just 4 steps, your child can practice reading, spelling, and writing his words.Have him flip over a word card, look at the word, say it out loud, say the letters, then flip it back over, and write the word on paper.
- Trace, Copy, Recall: Fold three columns on a piece of paper, and label one column ‘trace’, the next ‘copy’ and the last ‘recall’. Write the word in the first column, and have your child trace the letters.Next have her copy the word by looking at what she’s just written.Finally, have her fold (and hide) the first two columns and recall the spelling on her own as she writes the word independently.
Maddy tries Flip 4 Steps
With a pen, pencil, marker, & paper:
- Spelling Word Race: Create two teams, with a player from each team taking the ‘pen’ at a time.Teacher (or parent) calls out a word from the list, and players race to write the word.
- Spelling Puzzle: Make a home-made puzzle by writing each word in large letters on an index card and then having the child cut each card apart.The fun is in putting the puzzle back together!
- Stairsteps: Write the words as if they are stairs, adding one letter at a time.
- Tic-Tac-Toe: There are a ton of cool ways to play with this old game! Create a larger-sized board and play tic-tac-toe where each player uses a spelling word.OR, have each player use an ‘X’ or ‘O’ but in order to place a mark on the board, she has to spell a word correctly.
- Window Writing: All you need is special wind0w-safe crayons to use, and Window-Writing makes learning spelling words totally crazy and so much fun!
- WORDO!: Kind of like Bingo but with letters, words, or numbers! (Or just stick with a build-your-own bingo— but doesn’t WORDO! sound more fun?)
- Flip and Rainbow Write: Flip a word card and have your child go through the rainbow, painting or writing each word flipped in rainbow colors.Make the first word red, second orange, third yellow, etc. OR write each letter in a colorof the rainbow.
- Water Paint: Use water and a paintbrush to water paint the spelling words.On a hot, sunny day, words disappear quickly—so spellers have to move fast!
With a computer and other fun electronics:
- Type it Out: Open up a Word document and have your child type the spelling words on the screen as you call them out.Enlarge the font, make it a cool color, and he’ll have a ball.
- Spell on Tape: Have your child spell the words into a tape recorder or using the voice recorder on your phone or computer.
- Video Record:Pull out the ole video camera or flip cam and take a video of your child spelling the words. Have him put on a funny hat, dress-up, or use a silly prop to add to the fun.
- Karaoke: That karaoke machine can double as a super-fun spelling machine if you turn it on and allow your child to spell her words into it!
- Use Puzzlemaker: Have your child type in all of the week’s spelling words and then let her search for them using this cool resource from Discovery!
- Use Let them Sing it: Type in a spelling word on this site, and the word is sung back to your student.(This one is bound to get giggles!)
- Use Spelling City: Head over to Spelling City, have your child type in the spelling words, and then he can learn the words, play games with them, and be tested. This site is a gem!
With space to run, jump, and play:
- Chalkboard Race: Form two teams, with one player from each team holding a piece of chalk and standing at a designated spot about 10 feet from a chalkboard.Teacher calls out a word, and players run to the board and write the word correctly as quickly as possible. The winner finishes the word first and spells it correctly.
- Ball Toss: Players stand in a circle with a Nerf ball or something else safe to toss.Teacher calls out a word, tosses the ball to a student, and that student spells the word.If the word isn’t spelled correctly, the student tosses the ball to another person who will try to spell it; if it is spelled correctly, the player tosses object to another student and teacher gives her a new word to spell.
- Swing and Spell: Teacher gives the student a word to spell, and the student says a letter of the word with each back and forth movement of the swing, much like you can do when teaching syllables.
- Run the Bases: Student starts at home plate, gets a word to spell and for every word correctly spelled gets to make a move around the bases, beginning with hitting the ball, then running from first base, second, third, and home.
With anything and everything else:
- Spelling Word Hunt: Look for those spelling list words in the newspaper or in another book, magazine, or text!Circle them or use a highlighter to highlight them.
- Scrabble, Boggle: Use these cool game pieces to ‘build’ spelling words on the on a cookie tray, on the table, or on the floor.
- Crazy Words: Put something ‘crazy’ (like jell-o mix, shaving cream, sand, or rice) on a cookie sheet, and have your child use his finger to ‘write’ spelling words on the tray.
- Paint bag Writing: Put poster paint in a gallon-sized ziplock bag and seal it tightly! Then have your child use her fingertip to write the letters of each word on the paint bag.
- Stamp It: Use alphabet letter stamps to ‘stamp’ the spelling words, first by looking at the words and then on your own!
With magnetic letters or letter cards:
- Word Scramble: Scramble up the letters of each word and have student put them in the correct order.(Don’t forget to point out patterns and families!)
- Word Train: Use the letters to have your child create a ‘word train’ by using the last letter of the first word to begin the second word and so on:cat / tap / pan
No prep, no materials:
- Spell and Eat: While making breakfast, lunch, or dinner, have your child spell a word, and after each word is spelled correctly, reward her with a small, healthy “treat” from your meal prep.
- Examine the Word: Really look at the words, talking about the tough parts and analyzing patterns.Make up silly ways of remembering the ‘tough’ parts: ‘president’ has an ‘I’ in the middle because one day I’ll be president, OR ‘setting’ has two t’s in the middle just like two tall trees in a fairyland forest.
I’ve put all of our ideas on fun spelling games — cards to cutinto a Spelling Fun Box for days when we’re stuck, bored, in a rut, or want to leave that day’s spelling excitement up to a little at-home lottery.
If you’d like to download fun spelling games — cards to cutas a pdf, please feel free and make your own Spelling Fun Box at home. Just sign up below, and you’ll get both downloads–free!
And that’s it–that’s our spelling fun. If you choose tofun ways of learning spelling words–awesome! Just kindly let me know and link back if you would!
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fyi: I certainly didn’t do this on my own! Many thanks to these folks for inspiration and ideas–
A few more literacy-related posts worth reading. . . (click on image to read!)
How can I memorize spelling easily? ›
- Say the word – night. Say each syllable if there are more than one.
- Stretch the word – /nnn-iii-t-t-t/ Work by syllables if necessary. If a sound can't be stretched, stutter it.
- Split up the sounds. Work by syllables if necessary. First sound? / ...
- Count the sounds. ...
- Draw blanks. ___ ___ ___
Good spellers use a variety of strategies for spelling. These strategies fall into four main categories—phonetic, rule-based, visual, and morphemic.What are 10 hard words to spell? ›
- Nauseous. “Nauseous” is a hard word to spell because of the number of vowels in the word and the pronunciation. ...
- Dilate. “Dilate” might be easy to spell for some, but its pronunciation makes it more challenging. ...
- Indict. ...
- Liquefy. ...
- Wednesday. ...
- Sherbet ...
- Bologna. ...
When first learning to spell, allow children to spell words exactly as they hear them. Teach them to say each sound in a word and write down the letter or letters that represent each sound, until they have spelled the word. For example, they might spell lemon as l-e-m-i-n.What are the 5 stages of spelling development? ›
As preschool and early elementary school children discover the intricacies of printed English, they go through several stages of spelling development. Gentry (1982), building on Read's research, describes five stages: precommunicative, semiphonetic, phonetic, transitional, and correct.How can I learn to spell hard words? ›
- Separate the Word Into Chunks. ...
- Identify Root Words and Affixes. ...
- Learn the Word's Etymology. ...
- List Your Problem Words. ...
- Use Colors to Memorize Difficult Words. ...
- Make Up Mnemonic Devices. ...
- Study (and Use) Commonly Misspelled Words. ...
- Increase Your Reading.
Forty (40) is the number that follows 39 and precedes 41. Though it's related to the number “four” (4), the modern spelling of 40 is forty. The older form, fourty, is treated as a misspelling today. The modern spelling could reflect a historical pronunciation change.How do you spell 12? ›
How to Pronounce and Spell 12 (Twelve) - YouTubeHow do you write 30 in words? ›
30 in words is written as “Thirty”. Number 30 is used to express a value or a count of objects. It comes at the 30th number in a set of natural numbers. The spelling or name of 30 in English is given by Thirty.How do students learn accurate spelling? ›
Some of these other strategies might include: “look, say, cover, write, check', spelling by analogy (for example, knowing how to spell ball facilitates the spelling of fall, call, tall) or using mnemonics (memory aids, for example, the principal is my pal) and other resources such as dictionaries and spell checkers.
What order should I teach spelling? ›
Multisyllable words typically have several spelling patterns within the word. It makes sense then to teach new spelling patterns in single syllable words first, and then introduce those patterns in multi-syllable words.Why can't I spell but I can read? ›
Dyslexia. “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.What are the 50 difficult words? ›
- Abnegation /abnɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/: Renouncing a belief or doctrine. ...
- Aggrandize /əˈɡrandʌɪz/: enhance power, wealth or status. ...
- Alacrity /əˈlakrɪti/: Eagerness. ...
- Anachronistic /ənakrəˈnɪstɪk/: misplaced chronologically. ...
- Archetypal /ˌɑːkɪˈtʌɪp(ə)l/: quintessential of a certain kind.
- accomodation > accommodation.
- adress > address.
- accomodate > accommodate.
- wether > whether / weather.
- rehersal > rehearsal.
- commited > committed.
- persue > pursue.
- occurence > occurrence.
|achieve||i before e||acheive|
Spelling problems, like reading problems, originate with language learning weaknesses. Therefore, spelling reversals of easily confused letters such as b and d, or sequences of letters, such as wnet for went are manifestations of underlying language learning weaknesses rather than of a visually based problem.What words should a 12 year old know? ›
- adversary. The students are united by shared suffering, and by a common adversary.
- aplomb. I wish I had handled it with aplomb.
- apprehensive. Virga still feels apprehensive when visiting an unfamiliar zoo.
- aptitude. ...
- attentive. ...
- banish. ...
- barricade. ...
- Teach your child spelling words with 'Lily Pad Letters' ...
- Use 'Stair Steps' to memorize certain words. ...
- Toss around the 'Spelling Ball' ...
- Use magazine clippings to familiarize with letters. ...
- Play 'Scrambled Spelling' using alphabet blocks or fridge magnets.
|Letter||Singular Sound||Examples of the Letter Sound in a word…|
|L||el / ell||sell|
Phonics is the main way your child will learn to spell at the start of primary school. You can use phonics by encouraging your child to spell a word by breaking it up into individual sounds and then matching those sounds to the letters of the alphabet.
How do you spell ooh and ahh? ›
to express admiration: We watched the fireworks, oohing and aahing with everyone else.What is a spelling strategy? ›
⇨ A spelling strategy is a means for a child or young person to retrieve an accurate spelling choice using a method compatible with their learning style. They may choose a different strategy for different words.What is correct tommorow or tomorrow? ›
“Tomorrow”—One M, Two R's.What word is hardest to spell? ›
The shortest word is a. Some might wonder about the word I since it consists of one letter, too. In sound, a is shorter because it is a monophthong (consists of one vowel), while I is a diphthong. Both do consist of one letter in the English writing system, and in most fonts I is the narrowest letter.How Do You spell 1000? ›
Therefore, 1000 in words is written as One thousand.What letter can 7 Replace? ›
The character "!" replaces the letter L, "3" poses as a backwards letter E, and "7" is the letter T, etc. Other examples of character/letter replacement include using "8" for the letter B, "9" for G, and the number 0 for the letter O.What is a spelling of 50? ›
Thus, 50 in words is written as Fifty.What is the spelling of 1 to 100? ›
List of Number Names from 1 to 100.
|1 = One||2 = Two|
|91 = Ninety-one||92 = Ninety-two|
|93 = Ninety-three||94 = Ninety-four|
|95 = Ninety-five||96 = Ninety-six|
|97 = Ninety-seven||98 = Ninety-eight|
100 in words is written as One hundred or simply Hundred. The name of the number 100 in English is “Hundred”.
How do you spell 300? ›
- 300 in Words = Three Hundred.
- Three Hundred in Numbers = 300.
- Know the rules. They aren't consistent and there are plenty of exceptions, but it's still worth learning some spelling rules in English. ...
- Study Dolch Words. ...
- Recognize prefixes and suffixes. ...
- Read as often as you can. ...
- Look for patterns. ...
- Use mnemonics. ...
- Spell out loud. ...
- Research the origin of words.
Students need to be taught the four forms of spelling knowledge: phonological, visual, morphemic and etymological knowledge.How do you help students struggle with spelling? ›
- Reinforce Basic Spelling Rules. ...
- Organize Spelling Lists by Word Families. ...
- Master Sight Words. ...
- Breaking Down Words by Sounds. ...
- Using Manipulatives to Practice Spelling.
|Rule number||Rule||Example word|
|36||The /aɪ/ sound spelt -y at the end of words||cry|
|37||Adding -es to nouns and verbs ending in -y||cries|
|38||Adding -ed, -ing, -er and -est to a root word ending in -y||copied|
|39||Adding the endings -ing, -ed, -er, -est and -y to words ending in -e||hiking|
The Three Great Spelling Rules (The 1-1-1 Doubling Rule, the Magic-E Rule, and the Y Rule) present difficulty to many students, often requiring additional practice sessions to truly master these rules. Teaching each rule in a multisensory manner is of critical importance.What are the 5 basic spelling rules? ›
- 5 spelling rules to know. 1 I Before E, Except After C. ...
- 2 Adding suffixes to words that end in y. When you add a suffix that starts with e (such as -ed, -er, or -est) to a word that ends in y, the y usually changes to an i. ...
- 3 The silent e. ...
- 4 Double consonants. ...
- 5 Plural suffixes.
The results reveal that reading and spelling share specific left hemisphere substrates in the mid-fusiform gyrus and in the inferior frontal gyrus/junction.Does spelling get worse with age? ›
AGING AND ORTHOGRAPHIC RETRIEVAL
A growing number of studies have demonstrated an age-related decline in the ability to spell words correctly.
Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a language based learning difference commonly associated with spelling difficulties and reading problems. However, it can also affect memory and processing skills. There are different kinds of dyslexia but the most common type makes it hard for people to split language into its component sounds.
How do you help a child learn to spell? ›
- Encourage mastery of the sight words. ...
- Make sure your student understands the different sounds that letter combinations make. ...
- Help your child recognize word families. ...
- Help your child memorize common spelling rules. ...
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Say the word (example: sit). Tell students they will be spelling the word sit today. ...
- Blend the sounds. Ask students to slowly blend the sounds in the word with you. ...
- Identify the number of sounds. ...
- Identify the individual sounds. ...
- Spell the word. ...
- Blend and check the spelling. ...
- Write Words Out By Hand. Suggest that your students write out words by hand a few times. ...
- Let Your Students Get Creative. ...
- Spell Out Loud. ...
- Encourage Reading. ...
- Display The Spelling Words Around Your Classroom. ...
- Play Games. ...
- Teach Typing.
Spelling problems, like reading problems, originate with language learning weaknesses. Therefore, spelling reversals of easily confused letters such as b and d, or sequences of letters, such as wnet for went are manifestations of underlying language learning weaknesses rather than of a visually based problem.What are the 5 stages of spelling development? ›
As preschool and early elementary school children discover the intricacies of printed English, they go through several stages of spelling development. Gentry (1982), building on Read's research, describes five stages: precommunicative, semiphonetic, phonetic, transitional, and correct.Can 6 year olds spell? ›
5-6 year olds will learn to spell simple, common CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. Once children are listening carefully and have a good understanding of sound-letter correspondence they will begin attempting simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) when writing.How do students learn accurate spelling? ›
Some of these other strategies might include: “look, say, cover, write, check', spelling by analogy (for example, knowing how to spell ball facilitates the spelling of fall, call, tall) or using mnemonics (memory aids, for example, the principal is my pal) and other resources such as dictionaries and spell checkers.What order should I teach spelling? ›
Multisyllable words typically have several spelling patterns within the word. It makes sense then to teach new spelling patterns in single syllable words first, and then introduce those patterns in multi-syllable words.How do you help students struggle with spelling? ›
- Reinforce Basic Spelling Rules. ...
- Organize Spelling Lists by Word Families. ...
- Master Sight Words. ...
- Breaking Down Words by Sounds. ...
- Using Manipulatives to Practice Spelling.
Dyslexia. “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.
What is a visual spelling strategy? ›
Write out the word as many times as you can. Look carefully at it and notice any patterns. Make silent letters stand out, using colour, symbols or pictures. Write the spellings in different colours and display them around the room.Does reading improve spelling? ›
While re-reading books provides opportunities to help your young reader develop important reading comprehension skills, it can also improve your child's spelling skills.