Spelling Strategies


Spelling Pyramids: Write the words as if they are stairs, adding one letter at a time, e.g.
Spelling Word Memory: Create a double set of word cards and play a game of Spelling Word Memory by spreading out the cards face down and then taking turns flipping two cards at a time to find a pair!
Type it Out: Open up a Word document and have your child type the spelling words on the screen as you call them out. Enlarge the font, make it a cool color and they’ll have a ball.
Trace, Copy, Recall: Fold three columns on a piece of paper, and label one column ‘trace’, the next ‘copy’ and the last ‘recall’. Write the word in the first column, and have your child trace the letters. Next have them copy the word by looking at what they've just written. Finally, have them fold (and hide) the first two columns and recall the spelling on their own as they write the word independently.
Spelling Puzzle: Make a home-made puzzle by writing each word in large letters on an index card and then having the child cut each card apart.The fun is in putting the puzzle back together!
Water Paint: Use water and a paintbrush to water paint the spelling words.On a hot, sunny day, words disappear quickly—so spellers have to move fast!
Spell on Tape: Video or tape your child spelling the words using the voice recorder or video camera on your phone; dress up or say it in funny voices if appropriate.
Use Puzzlemaker: Have your child type in all of the week’s spelling words and then let themsearch for them using this cool wordsearch maker.
Swing and Spell: Gives your child a word to spell, and the they say a letter of the word with each back and forth movement of the swing.
'Crazy Spell': Put something ‘crazy’ (like squirty cream, shaving cream, sand, or rice etc) on a tray, and have your child use their finger to ‘write’ spelling words on the tray.

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