Spelling words – it’s something that you’re going to have to deal with through early grade school. As much time as they spend on these words in first grade, allowing Olivia to come home knowing how to spell the words already on the list – I know this isn’t always going to be the case. There is going to come a time when we’re going to have to use more of these spelling test learning techniques. The ‘trace, copy, recall’ is all well and good when it comes home from school every week, but if I’m being honest, it usually sits on top of the ‘school paper pile’ unused because it’s boring.
Here are some of the ways that we review the words at home, to learn those early spelling skills.
There’s something more exciting about switching it up and writing on the white board with any color you want, compared to writing on paper. Before school this morning (spelling test day) we worked on one of the challenge words for the week, making sure she had it down before she left for school.
Printable Word Search Puzzles
Using printable word search puzzles to find the spelling words helps to get a feel (a read?) for that week’s spelling words. I make a few changes to the puzzle before printing and choose only forward words, lowercase letters, and make sure that words only go up and down or across. I also add in a few of the sight words that she’s been working on, and she uses a highlighter to find the words, becoming more familiar with them. To make it more of a challenge, you can change the paramaters of the puzzle, or increase the size of the grid. We use this website to print word search puzzles for kids.
Use plastic letters, like the kind that you can stick to the refrigerator, or letters that you can use on a table to spell out the world. Race to see who can find the letters to spell the word the quickest.
Pro tip: Have them check the word (I frequently make purposeful mistakes to allow her to correct my spelling).
We are a post-it note loving family. We use them to write reminders and love notes to one another. Every week, I glance over the spelling words in the agenda and try to use those letters in notes that we are writing around the house to each other. This week, purple was one of the words on her list, so a few times, I included the word purple on the list, and asked that her note to me included purple too.
Pro tip: Post it notes are also a great tool for forming the word, you can put each letter of the word on one post it note, and let the kids form the letters back together into the word in the right order.
For this one, you’re going to need a deck of flash cards (or you can print them yourself). Grab a couple of decks so you’ve got multiples of specific letters and shuffle them. Everyone starts with 6 cards (or as many as you can hold) and you make your way through the spelling list. The first person puts the first letter of the word down (if they have it) and you move on to the next person, who places the next letter of the word, until the word ends. If you don’t have a card to make the next letter in the word, you draw another card, if you still can’t go, the turn moves on to the next person. The person who completes the word, keeps the word and gets the point for that spelling word.