There is nothing more boring than copying words over and over and over again. With spelling, however, repetition is key. Whether it is verbal or written, the more practice a child has spelling words, the more successful he or she will be.
This year we are changing up our spelling routine. Instead of using the Spelling Workout books, I have composed my own list of commonly written words on a first/second grade level. I also tossed in some extra vocabulary words for sticker bonuses.
Each week, we will practice our words following the same schedule. Each day, the words are practiced in a new way. Here is a look at week and some examples of what we are doing.
Our spelling week:
Monday: Pretest, Copy List
Tuesday: Stamp It
Wednesday: Write It
Thursday: Make It
Friday: Test, Rewrite Misspellings
Ideas for Stamp It:
- Stamp out the words using rubber alphabet stamps and ink
- Stamp words into clay
- Use alphabet punches (OK, so technically it would be a “punch it”) to punch out the words on strips of paper
- Glue foam letters on box bottom in “mirror image” to form spelling words, them use as stamps and stamp out the list
Ideas for Write It:
- Smear shaving cream on table and write words in it
- Put paint in a zipped baggie, write by pressing on the baggie
- Use crayola window markers and write them on patio door
- Rainbow words. Copy them once, then trace over three times with different colored pencils.
- Write them with a white crayon and watercolor over the top to “reveal” the list
- Write the words using finger paint
- Write the words using a Q-tip (or fine tipped brush) and Elmers glue then pour glitter over top
Ideas for Make It:
- Roll out playdough “snakes” and form letters for words
- Spell them out with ABC pasta or cereal
- Make the words with letter tiles (use scrabble pieces)
- Cut letters from magazines and piece together words
- Bend pipe cleaners into letters to make words
- Write the words on a cookie sheet with magnetic letters
- Use letter beads to make words on a string, placing a blank between the words
How do you practice your spelling words?
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