Learning to spell combines a child’s ability to memorize with the practical application of phonetic principles. To return to a recurring theme, I believe that children who read a great deal are more natural spellers due to the variety of words they view in their books.
- Write individual letters on 3×5 cards. Hand your child the letters to one of his spelling words and have him arrange them in the proper order. To make it slightly more difficult, include an extra letter that he has to exclude from the word.
- List the spelling words on a piece of paper, leaving a blank where the vowels should be. Have your child fill in the blanks to spell the word correctly.
- Spell the word out loud, alternating with your child in saying the next letter
- Put each of the words on a 3×5 card. Divide them into two piles, one for you and one for your child. Each of you should hold your cards in your hand, facing them away from the other person. Tell him one of the words on the cards you are holding; if he can spell it correctly, he gets the card. He then calls out one of his cards for you to spell. See who can collect the most cards. (You may have to purposely misspell a few to equal things out. 🙂
- Write one of the spelling words on a small white board or chalk board. Have your child look at the word and spell it, then let him erase one letter at a time, correctly spelling the word after each erasure.