Tips for Making Spelling fun: Putting the Fun into Learning!
For the past ten years, I have worked as a special educator in a private school. Giving a weekly spelling list, pre and post tests, and assignments to go along with the current spelling list was just part of the job. It wasn’t until my own children started coming home with their own spelling lists did I realize how daunting of a task learning spelling words was. To keep my children from losing interest in spelling I decided to get creative! Here are some of the tricks we use to learn spelling words while keeping it fun.
Of course, if you want to really learn spelling words you must review often. However, you can change it up from day to day. Type the words instead of writing them. Write them in shaving cream. Write them with your fingers in the air. Use multiple intelligences such as using your fingers to write the words out on each others arms or backs. Make a story using some of the spelling words and write it out. Paint the words into a picture. Make up a rhythm, dance, or exercises while spelling the words out loud. Use letter tiles to have races or just spell the words. Use refrigerator magnets and spell the words.
There are numerous ways to learn spelling words. The trick is making it fun. With technology today students are becoming poorer spellers. As a teacher, I often read papers that have texting language throughout them. Students are beginning to think that texting is a formal language and completely appropriate to put in a term paper or on a job application. In order to break this trend we must work extra hard to make spelling and learning fun it is crucial for developing appropriate academic success.
In elementary school, the pace at which students are expected to learn is amazing. Children can become easily overwhelmed and frustrated with the demands of early education. The more interactive and fun you can make learning in the early years the more likely the student will want to engage in the learning process.
If a teacher or parent feels that a student is struggling with leaning spelling words in the given time frame, perhaps that particular child can receive the new list of spelling words a few days before the rest of the class. This is an appropriate accommodation to make and ask for. This will allow the child extra time to learn the words, but more importantly it will probably help to boost the child’s self-esteem and motivation. The important things to remember when teaching spelling words to young children is to keep their interest, make it fun, and be creative.