Here are some fun ways to teach a child how to spell:
1.Memory game: Create a double set of word cards and play a game of ‘Spelling Word Memory’ This is done by spreading out the cards facing down and then taking turns flipping two cards at a time to find a pair.
2.Stair steps: Sometimes we need kinesthetic activities to help our child to memorize spellings. This activity will surely make ‘that dreaded’ word embedded in your child’s brain. Have your child write each word as if they are stairs, adding one letter at a time. You could use stairways and ask your child to place each letter on one step.
3.Tossing the ball: Here’s a fun game that the whole family can enjoy. Stand together in a circle with a ball. Call out a word, toss the ball to another person, and have that person spell out the word, and so on. If the word isn’t spelled correctly, then whoever has the ball tosses it to another person who will try to spell it.
4.Spelling through art: Use alphabet letter stamps to ‘stamp’ the spelling words, first by looking at the words and then on your own!
5.Paint it- 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.
6.Word search: Ask your child to recognize word patterns in word searches and books. This is a method through which children begin to understand spellings better as it creates a visual representation of the word.
7.Scramble: the simplest way to do this is by allowing your toddler to place the magnetic letters to form a word. He will begin to comprehend the spellings of the word. You can have a set of specific patterns and families.
8.Creating a train: This is another form word game where in the last letter of the first word is used to begin the second word. Example: cat/ tap/ pan, toe/eat/tea/ant/tin.
9.Whiteboard– The child hears the spelling and upon this, the child uses their colored pen to write it on the whiteboard. This is more fun when two people are playing it. It’s competitive and like a race to finish!
10.Trace, copy and repeat: The three step process is an effective way to master spelling. The child begins by tracing over the letters. Once they’ve understood the letters, then they copy these onto a separate column or page. Finally, the child must repeat the same word. Parents ensure that the child hides the word with their hand and then repeat.
The 10 ways listed above will definitely bring an improvement in your child’s spelling. Additionally, as parents we can play traditional games such as Scrabble, Boogie and Bingo to supplement their learning.
Hello English kids has a variety of games to offer in the category of spelling. It focuses on process.First, it teaches phonics (in detail) then allows your child to learn blending. Then, make words and place them correctly in a sentence. The games are designed in such a way that the child is able to comprehend the concept in a way they remember their spellings that captivate the child’s visual memory. Since, the words are taught according to a certain pattern the child will be able to able to recollect the pattern taught. The avatars help the child to spell the word that is outlined.(Eg: the middle E sound is taught through the avatar directing the child to complete the word through the strategy of ‘sounding the word.’ Hence such learnings only begets learning.