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Unique ways to practice spelling words

Are you banging your head against the wall because you and your child are so bored of just writing out a list of spelling words over and over again? Mindless repetition obviously does not work. There are many simple ways you can help your child succeed with spelling.

  1. Make a chant or a rhyme for the words. This could be as simple as a cheer they leader in cheer camp, or a common rhyme they already know. Better yet, get them to physically move around while they are cheering the word. The kinesthetic (physical) movement is extremely beneficial for memory.
  2. Spell the words with chalk and then squirt them with a water gun. Who doesn’t love using a water gun? I know I do. It’s a great way to have some educational fun on a hot day. And if you had a fancy water gun they might even be able to spell the words with water.
  3. Use pipe cleaners to shape the letters. This is a great way to get kids to concentrate on forming the words. It is a good option because you only need to buy a few and they last for a long time.
  4. Make learning them a game. There are so many different ways you can make spelling words a game. A treasure map with hidden letters to make the words, Also, there are games online where you can enter a spelling list and the computer generates a fun game to play with spelling words. Spelling bingo is another fun minimal prep game to play to prepare for a test.

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