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Ways of Practising Spellings at Home

The more creative and interactive ways you can devise the better! Letting your child test you is always popular and lots of verbal Spelling Bee type questioning works well. Parents have cut out the weekly spellings and stuck them all over their homes or cut the letters up for the children to put in the correct order. You can make up an alternative pronunciation if that helps!


1) Listen Carefully: ask your parents to spell out one of your words then you have to say what the word is they've spelt out.

 

2) Speed Writing:

Ask your parent to time you and see how many times you can write the word correctly in one minute.

 

3) Scrabble Spelling:

Find the letters you need to spell you words and then mix them up in the bag. Get your parents to time you unscrambling your letters. For extra maths practice you could find out the value of each of you words.

 

4) Story Time: Write a short story using all your words. Don't forget to check your punctuation!

 

5) Simple Sentence: Write a sentence for each of your words.

 

6) Finger Tracing: use your finger to spell out each of your words on your mum or dad's back. Then it's their turn to write the words on your back for your to feel and spell.

 

7) Spelling Steps: write your words as if they were steps, adding one letter each time. (It's much easier doing this on squared paper)
 

8) Ambidextrous: swap your pen into the hand that you don't normally write with. Now try writing out your spellings with that hand.

 

9) Listen Carefully: ask your parents to spell out one of your words then you have to say what the word is they've spelt out.

 

10) LOOK - THINK - COVER - WRITE - CHECK
LOOK
carefully at the new word. How can you break it into smaller bits? Do any of the smaller bits remind you of the patterns of letters from other words?

THINK about the parts of the words, which might cause problems - double letters for instance, or a vowel that isn't pronounced as you would expect.

COVER the word and close your eyes. Try to see it in your mind's eye.

WRITE the word down without looking back.

CHECK to see if you're right. If not, look carefully at where you went wrong and try again.

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