Like most kids, mine don’t like to do anything that’s boring or repetitive. Well, I think most adults are like that too. At least, I am anyhow.
Spelling homework can be boring. My daughter struggles immensely with her spelling. She can’t seem to retain anything she has learned for longer than 5 minutes. Sigh. So discouraging. My boys are busy, busy, busy. They love to move around and stay active. Unsurprisingly, writing words on a sheet of paper, over and over again, is no fun in this house. Spelling words out loud, over and over again, is also no fun in this house.
Some kids have no issues with it. I know I used to love it when I was little. Yes I know, I’m strange! Ha! But my kids really don’t like to work on their spelling. I had to get creative and figure out a way to make it fun while increasing the chances of retention.
We do read books on a regular basis to increase their exposure to words. This helps children to naturally learn how to spell without any pressure. These activities are especially used on difficult words. Words they have a hard time with. Words that are “tricky”.
Using your whole body and activities that cross the body’s midline help children with dyslexia to retain new information. And for those who don’t have dyslexia, it’s simply fun!
I’ve looked around for some ideas and here are the top 3 activities we use to practice our spelling. They need to spell their words while performing these silly (and fun!) activities. We like to keep things interesting and challenging by learning new skills. Hula hoop on our waist, arm, neck or leg. Jumping rope regular style, criss cross or backwards. Jumping jack the usual way or in circles. Each time you jump (or shake) you have to yell out a letter. The next letter of your word. The kids giggle and have loads of fun. So much fun in fact, that it can get out of hand. I highly recommend you either add this to the end of your school day, or when everyone is feeling sluggish and falling asleep on their school work. I guarantee you, this will wake them up!
1. Jumping rope
2. Jumping jacks
3. Hula Hoop
Now our kids LOVE to practice their spelling!
What do you do with your kids to make spelling fun? Share with us below. We’d love to try it out too.