Every week yur child will be given spellings to learn at home. These will be introduced in class on a Monday and children will have a spelling test on the Friday. It is really important that parents and caregivers are involved in helping children to learn their spellings. Confidence in spelling allows children to write more freely and imaginatively. You should try to practise your spelling for a few minutes EVERY day. Here are some great games or ideas you could use. Why not try a different one each night to keep it fun and interesting.
Look, cover, write, check - Look at the spelling word. Cover the word and attempt to write it. Check if it is correct if not rewrite the word again correctly. Worksheets are available from school if you would like to use this method.
2. Shaving Cream Practise:
Squirt some shaving cream/gel on a wipeable flat surface - worktop/tray (with your parents permission and supervision) and then practise spelling your words by writing them with your fingers in the shaving cream. This is also great fun in the bathroom using the tiles next to the bath.
3. Salt/Sand Box Spelling:
Ask your parents to pour salt or sand into a shallow box or tray (about 3cm deep) and then practise writing your spellings in it with your finger.
4. 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.
5. Design A Word:
Pick one word and wrtie it in bubble letters. Colour in each letter in a differnt pattern.
6. Water Paint:
Use a paintbrush and water to write your words outside on concrete or pavements
7. 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.
8. Colourful Words:
Use two different coloured pens to write your words. One to write the consonants and one to write the vowels. Do this a couple of times then write the whole word in one colour.
9. Memory Game:
Make pairs of word cards with the spellings on. Turn them all over and mix them up. Flip over two cards, if they match you get to keep them, if not you have to turn them over again. Try and match all the pairs.
10. Finger Tracing:
Use your finger to spell out each of your words on your mum or dad's back. Then it's their turn to write the words on your back for you to feel and spell.
11. i-pad Writing:
Write your words on your i-pad if you have one using apps like - doodle buddy.
12. Post in Notes:
Write your spelling words on post it notes adn stick them around the house/ bedroom and spell them aloud whenever you see them.
DON'T FORGET - some spelling words may appear difficult but have been chosen to meet the age of the child. Most spellings lists will have a pattern so once the children have learnt on word, other words in the list will be easier.