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Practising Spellings At Home
It is really important for parents and caregivers to be involved in helping children to learn their spellings. Confidence in spelling allows children to write more freely and imaginatively.
You should practise your spellings for 10 to 20 minutes EVERY day.
Here are some games or ideas you could use. Why not try a different one each night to keep it fun and interesting? Remember everyone learns by: Doing it, seeing it, saying it, writing/drawing it, listening to it. Making sure you have a variety of games and tasks is a great way to ensure that the learning sticks!
Word Search: Create your own word searches using your spelling words.
Air spelling: Choose a spelling word. With your index finger write the word in the air slowly, say each letter. Your parent needs to remind you that you need to be able to 'see' the letters you have written in the air. When you have finished writing the word underline it and say the word again. Now get your parents to ask you questions about the word. For example they could ask 'What is the first letter?' 'What is the last letter?' 'How many letters are there?' etc.
Media Search: Look for your spelling words in a newspaper or magazine. Circle the words in different coloured crayons. Which of your spellings words was used most often?
Salt Box Spelling: Ask your parents to pour salt into a shallow box or tray and then practise writing your spellings in it with your finger.
Scrabble Spelling: Find the letters you need to spell your words and then mix them up in the bag. Get your parents to time you unscrambling your letters. For extra maths practice you could find out the value of each of your words.
Pyramid Power: Sort your words into a list from easiest to hardest. Write the easiest word at the top of the page near the middle. Write the next easiest word twice underneath. Write the third word three times underneath again until you have built your pyramid
Ransom Note: Cut the letters needed to form your words from a newspaper or magazine and glue them down to spell the words.
Spell It With Beans: Use dried beans or lentils to spell out your words. If you glue them onto separate pieces of card then you made a great set of flash cards to practise with for the rest of the week.
Pipe Cleaners or Tooth Picks: These are just a couple of suggestions of things you could use for your spelling words.
Tasty Words: Just like the above but using tasty things to spell your words with, like raisins. Then when you spell them right you get to eat them!
Design A Word: Pick one word and write it in bubble letters. Colour in each letter in a different pattern.
Sign Your Word: Practise spelling your words using sign language.
Water wash: Use a paintbrush and water to write your words.
ABC Order: Write your words out in alphabetical order. Then write them in reverse alphabetical order.
Story Time: Write a short story using all your words. Don't forget to check your punctuation!
Simple Sentence: Write a sentence for each of your words. Remember each sentence must start with a capital letter and end with a full stop.