By GreatSchools Staff
GreatSchools readers show that with a little creativity, you can help your child practice spelling in the kitchen, the car and at bedtime. Their ideas may work for your child:
"Both my second- and third-grader love to practice their spelling words, but only when I sprinkle flour on a jelly roll pan and let them trace the letters in the flour," mom Lea Johnson writes.
Connecticut mom Allison Plymouth, has tried a number of games with her four children:
"Some great ideas I have used to help my kids remember their spelling words are:
"Spelling is a challenge for my youngest son who is now in the third grade," a Dewey, Arizona, mother of two boys writes. "We have made spelling a game for him while we are riding in the car. If he has a question....he has to spell it out to us. We spell back our answers. He really loves this, and it really gets the whole family involved in helping him with both his spelling and reading ability. This also makes a ride in the car go by a lot faster."
From a New Hampshire mother of two:
"My son had a problem spelling orally so he wrote the words in sand. We made a small indoor sandbox from a clear plastic storage bin filled with clean play sand. … This helped get the words into his motor memory not just his brain memory. He was calmed by the feel of the sand."
She adds: "I also think parents should evaluate the types of words that are in the weekly list. It is very hard for many students if the words are unrelated and have different language rules. Focusing on words that are similar in the root form or grammar rule makes memorizing easier. One week my son had a list of all Spanish words from an English based curriculum. Needless to say, he did not do well as we could offer no help in language rules."
One parent used index cards to craft a game of Memory from the spelling list after she found out her son was failing spelling. You can, too:
"After doing this together a few times he got them all right on his tests," this mom reports. "It was much more exciting than saying the word out loud and asking him to spell it."
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