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Helping Your Child Learn At Home


Here are some handy tips to help your child learn their spellings at home - don't forget to take a look at the Children's Area for some useful spelling websites.

How to Learn Spelling Words


Use some of these activities to make spelling more fun. However you decide to learn the words, you must learn each word at least ten times. It is better to learn at least one of the words very well rather than forgetting them all!

  • Look, Cover, Write, Check
  • Make the word with Play-Doh several times
  • Stick the words on the fridge and learn them every time you open the fridge door
  • Type them on the computer and change the font
  • Draw pictures around the word
  • Cut around the shape
  • Paint the words on paper
  • Make the letters using leaves and sticks or anything!
  • Make the letters using pasta
  • Write a story using all the spellings
  • Write the words using different colours. Use one colour for the vowels and one for the consonants
  • Play hangman with your words
  • Create a words search
  • Make a pair of word cards. Flip them over and try to match the pairs!
  • Use your finger to spell out each of your words one letter at a time on your mum or dad’s back. Then it’s YOUR turn to feel and spell!
  • Have your mum or dad sing the letters of a spelling word to you in a loud voice. You echo the spelling and then sing it again softly. Now BOTH of you sing the word in the voice you choose!
  • Write out your spelling words in big letters on a big sheet of paper. Give your parents clues like we do during Morning Meeting (‘’the first letter is_ and the last letter is_”)
  • Use old magazines, catalogues, or newspapers to cut out letters and glue them down to spell your words.
  • Write words as if they are stairs, adding one letter each time.
  • S
  • Sp
  • Spe
  • Spel
  • Spell
  • Make a square of four rows of dots with four dots in each row. Before taking a turn, the player must spell a spelling word. If the word is correct, he or she connects two dots. When a player forms a square, he or she can write his initials in the box. Player with most squares at the end wins.
  • Print one of your spelling words neatly. Take a coloured pen and draw an outline around the word, closely following the shapes of the letters. Close your eyes and remember the shape. Now try to write the word.