Spelling Practice

Practising spelling can be tedious – especially when 6 and 7 years old. In my classroom I give my students an opportunity to practise every day but each day they work on their words a little differently. The week begins with practice on the white board or on the chalk board:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Practising spelling on the white board. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The second day of the week, I take out the play dough. I ask parents to make a batch for me when it is needed. Not only do the children enjoy “writing” with it, they enjoy manipulating the dough as well.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Practising with play dough. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

On Wednesdays, the letter stamps come out:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Practising with letter stamps. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Thursday I bring out my trays filled with salt. The children enjoy running their fingers over this texture and they find practising their spelling is over quickly.

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Practising in salt. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The end of the week spelling practice is done with magnetic letters on baking trays that have not been used for baking.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Practising with magnetic letters. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Witing out the words on paper is how the spelling is practised at home. At school, the tediousness of writing is alleviated by visiting the Dictee center.

How did you practise spelling when you were at school?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015


18 thoughts on “Spelling Practice

  1. I do not recall how we were taught spelling. You;d think I’d remember my teachers using a chisel to etch the words in stone. ((smile))
    I do know, however, that I would remember the process if any of my teachers used inventive techniques like you have, Colline.

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  2. You have a lot of fun activities for learning spelling. Do the children use what they practice in their writing? I often find that writing is the best practice for spelling.


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