In any kind of school setting, students will have a list of spelling and or vocabulary words to master every week. How many of us remember writing words 5 times so it’ll be ingrained in our heads? Writing reinforcement might still work for some students. But it could be a struggle for others. In a weekly list, there might be a few hard words in the list that students will have trouble spelling correctly. Here are 5 awesome ways to master those hard to spell words.
5 AWESOME WAYS TO MASTER SPELLING WORDS
Syllables or word parts are an important concept for kids to understand. Syllabication is a key component of phonological awareness. When you break words into parts, decoding becomes easier. Knowing how to divide words into syllables is also beneficial with spelling. For example, knowing how to divide the word ‘catastrophe’ into syllables ca/tas/tro/phe will aid in remembering the correct spelling.
Everyone is familiar with the popular mnemonic ‘My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos “ for remembering the order of planets. If a child is struggling to spell one of the words from the list, using a mnemonic is a great way to master the word. To remember, ‘fjord’, we came up with the mnemonic, ‘father jumped over rugged ditches‘
3) SONGS OR CHANTS
Another way to master a hard spelling word is to put the word into a song or a chant. Songs and chants are great memory aids for kids. Songs have a way of staying in our heads and paired with a catchy tune, it becomes memorable.
So for the word- catastrophe, this is the song we came up.
Famer in the dell tune
4) WORD TILES OR MAGNETIC LETTERS
Using word tiles or magnetic letters provides an alternative way to practice words. Kinesthetic learners will enjoy practicing the words using a hands-on approach. You can dictate the word, and the child can build the word using the word tiles or magnetic letters. This can be used as a review or as pre-assessment.
One of our favorite way to master spelling words by playing games. Kids love playing games and when you mix it with learning, it’s a win-win. We came up with a board game to review spelling words called Super Speller. This game is awesome because it’s adaptable to any spelling lists. It is suitable for kids in Kindergarten and up, so it covers a wide age range. Super Speller can get students excited to master their spelling words. Once the game board and cards are printed, there’s not much preparation needed. My boys loved playing the game and wanted to keep playing.