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Spelling activities can make spelling practice a bit more fun and can help with spelling problems. As we learned last week, spelling problems can happen because of auditory and visual processing problems. These areas impact your memory of spelling words, phonics, and reading vocabulary.
When you do spelling activities that incorporate a variety of different processing systems, your spelling and memory will improve. Have fun with the following spelling activities, while you improve your spelling, phonics, sight words, and memory skills at the same time.
10 Spelling Activities
1. Mind’s eye spelling activity
- Place your hands next to your eyes as though it is a camera. Look at your spelling word and then snap a picture of it with your eyes. Close your eyes and see your word in your mind’s eye. Visualize what the word looks like completely in your mind. Spell it out. Check to see if you got it right.
- Air write your spelling word.
- Write your word on a sheet of paper.
This activity specifically helps build your visual and tactile/kinesthetic memory skills.
2. Post your spelling words
Post your child’s spelling list on the bathroom mirror as well as next to their bed so they see them frequently throughout the week. Have your kids read their words every time they are in the bathroom as well as before you go to sleep and when you get up in the morning.
3. Color code your spelling words
Write all the consonants in your words blue. Write all the vowels red. This will help you remember your spelling words. Color-coding can improve memory skills by 25%.
4. Look for your spelling words on street signs
If you don’t see the complete word, look for the letters in order in the news article or on street signs. For example, if my word was bike, look for the letter /b/, then look for an /i/, then a /k/, and finally an /e/.
5. Use ABC pasta noodles and make your spelling words with them
You can often find alphabet pasta at your local supermarket. Yes, you can find the letters of your words as you eat a delicious soup you have made, but before they are cooked, you can arrange them on a piece of colored construction paper. You can even glue them onto the sheet of paper. Just don’t use the glued pieces for soup!
6. Using a magazine or newspaper, look for your spelling words
If you don’t see the complete word, look for the letters in order in a paragraph or in an ad. Cut the letters out and paste them on a sheet of paper. For example, if my word were bike, look for a /b/ in a sentence or paragraph and cut it out, then look for an /i/ and cut it out, then a /k/ and cut it out, and finally an /e/ and cut it out. Paste the letters in order on a sheet of paper.
7. Jumping with your spelling list words
Draw a 5 x 5 grid on the sidewalk with chalk. Place each letter in one of the squares. You will have 1 extra square at the bottom center row.
Toss a bean bag to the first letter in your word and jump over to it. Then toss the bean bag to the next letter in the word, and so on, until you have finished spelling the word. Jump from one letter to the next that is in each word, spelling the word completely. Go back to the start and do the same for each subsequent word.
8. Bounce a ball while spelling your words out loud
You can do this by bouncing a ball on the floor for each letter in the word or by bouncing the ball against a wall, one bounce for each letter in the word. Say each letter as you are bouncing the ball.
9. Draw a picture with your spelling words hidden in it
Make sure to take out the colored pencils or crayons! See if someone else can find the words in your picture.
10. Do an Add-On-Story with your family, incorporating all of your spelling list words
An Add-On-Story is a story where one person starts with setting the scene and then have the next person continue the story. You can keep the story going until all the spelling words have been used.
Here is one story starter you can use:
It was a dark and stormy night. We saw flashes of lightning and heard the thunder booming. All of a sudden we were in darkness… What happened next?
At-Home and Online Spelling Program
With Phonics and Spelling Patterns
Our online spelling program integrates auditory, visual, and tactile-kinesthetic processing skills. Your child will learn to spell 10 new words each week. We break up each week of words according to their spelling patterns. There are 8 primary spelling patterns that your students will learn over the course of the program.
We teach spelling in a sequential, auditory, visual, and tactile-kinesthetic way that strengthens your child’s memory and makes learning easier overall.
The spelling program is loaded with puzzles, worksheets, and card games to make spelling fun. By learning the spelling patterns, your kids will learn to spell not only the words in the program but thousands of words that all follow the same patterns. Your child will unlock the code to spelling!