Time to help your kids with their spelling homework? Your mind is probably already droning out the letters, “T…E…D…I…O…U…S”. In some households, spelling practice is met with tears and tantrums—and that’s just from the parents!
So try something new! Some kids simply learn better aurally, kinesthetically or visually. If you have struggling spellers, it may help to get their large muscles in on the action. Doing so uses a different part of the brain and activates kinesthetic memory.
Plus, all kids learn best with a dash of fun. So step away from the desk or dining room table… clear some space… and let’s get spelling!
Bounce it out
Use a basketball and bounce the ball as you say each letter in the word. You can also pass the ball back and forth with your child as you spell the word.
Jump it out
Use a jump rope and spell the word by saying each letter at each rope rotation.
Tap it out
Use your hand or wooden spoon to tap out each letter of the word as you spell it out loud.
Stamp it out
Stomp your foot as you say each letter in the word. Or, for a quieter tabletop option, use Alphabet Stamps and a stamp pad.
Roll it out
Roll out some homemade play dough to make the letters in each word, either with Letter Blocks or by making letters out of the dough. Or try Playfoam®! When your word is done, squeeze it, squash it, and spell another word!
Snap it out
Finger snapping is a great way to identify each letter as you spell a word. Another take on snapping is our Letter Construction Activity Set that has curved and straight plastic pieces that snap together to form letters. Either way, you’re adding finger movements to the learning.
Stick it out
Use Magnetic Learning Letters on the fridge or metal cookie sheet. Using readymade letters allows you to move the letters farther apart or closer together to help with sounding out each word, or breaking it up into CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant), syllables, blends, digraphs, and more.
String it out
Use our Lacing Letters to form words. Colorful, plastic molded letters can be laced together to form spelling words.
Tape it out
Use masking tape, duct tape, or scotch tape to make the words with sticky strips on paper.
Twist it out
Bendable pipe cleaners are fun and fuzzy, and work really well to form letters.
Foam it out
Try covering a cookie sheet with shaving cream and using your index finger to write the words.
Different kids learn in different ways. When you identify your kids’ strength in learning, use it to further their studies.
For many kids, combining different learning styles deepens their understanding. This multisensory approach helps kids make different connections and improve their spelling skills. So don’t let spelling struggles put a damper on learning. There are many different ways to get it done!