Now that we are learning consonant digraphs, clusters, and long vowels, the spelling words are getting harder. I found these great ideas from What The Teacher Wants.
In addition to these, here are some other activities we do with spelling words in class. Hopefully these will be helpful for you at home.
-Write the words in red marker on yellow paper (there's been some research on that. apparently those colors help with remembering.)
-Write the words in ABC order
-Spell the words in shaving cream (or any other fun substance, like paint, whip cream, chocolate pudding)
-Sailboat spelling. Write the word one letter at a time, creating a sail, then write the whole word once, creating the boat. Kind of like this:
-Stamp the spelling words. (Porter's had a set of alphabet stamps for $1.99. We use these at school, and I love them! I've had them for three years now and they are still working great!)
-Train Spelling. Write the whole word and draw a box around it. Add two wheels. In the first wheel, write the first letter of the word. In the last wheel, write the last letter of the word.
-Create the words using play dough. Click here for an easy play dough recipe to make at home.
Anybody else have some great spelling ideas? I'd love to hear them!