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:
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.
On Wednesdays, the letter stamps come out:
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.
The end of the week spelling practice is done with magnetic letters on baking trays that have not been used for baking.
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