“My spelling is wobbly.It’s good spelling but it wobbles, and the
letters get in the wrong places.”Winnie
Your child may have spellings to
learn at home and find themselves feeling like Winnie the Pooh when, despite
practising the spellings, they do not do very well in the spelling “test” or generally
spell the words inaccurately.It may be
possible that your child simply dislikes learning the spellings. These alternative VAK (Visual, Auditory and
Kinaesthetic) activitiesmay be more effective and enjoyable strategies.
1.Use fancy writing to practise the
spellings: for example, bubble writing, typing the words in
different fonts, or use letter stamps to print out the words.
2.Write the words letter by letter to form a pyramid
so that the words grow or disappear.
3.Colour code the spellings, for example:
alternating letters in two colours - spell, highlight a
letter string - spelling
or write the vowels in red and the consonants in blue - spell.
4.Sing, chant or rap the spellings.Try this simple rap – “To the S, to the P to
the E to the double L “or chant – “Give me an S,” etc.
5.Spell the words out aloud with a partner,
alternating turns to say the next letter.
6.Think of words that rhyme with the spellings;
discuss any homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings
and spellings, for example, road, rode; write, right, etc).
7.Build the word in building bricks, pipe cleaners
or modelling clay.
letter beads, stones with letters chalked on them, sponge letters or stickers
to write the words.
salt or shaving foam in a tray for your child to write the words in.
games.There are many games, activities
and resources that can be purchased, played on the internet, or made at home,
such as word searches, unscramble the letters, find the pair, or treasure hunts
to find the letters to create the word, all of which can support your children
in learning their spelling.