First grade learning and spelling can be a bit overwhelming. There's so much to cover! Especially for students who have to work hard to learn spelling, why not make it fun?
Try a few of these ideas in your home or classroom:
1. Spell silly words aloud together.
When you ask kids to try to sound out silly words, even if the words aren't on their official spelling lists, they'll still be learning and thinking about sounds. Try words like buzz, pickle even silly. If the silly word is really long or difficult, be affirming even if the child gets just the consonants correct.
2. Point out words on signs and billboards as you travel.
Look at words in commercials when you watch television together. Taco Bell is not very difficult, nor is Got Milk? Kids think it's cool to learn words they see everyday, outside of the classroom.
3. Give kids lots of hands-on ways to spell.
Think Scrabble tiles, wooden blocks , plastic magnetic letters, and letters cut from newspapers and magazines. Kids can arrange and rearrange letters. That's a lot more fun that writing and erasing and rewriting as kids are learning.
4. Make up spelling songs as you work together.
Songs are just more fun, especially you make them up. Here's a simple example to give you some inspiration:
“Hey, Joey, can you hand me a hammer? I said Hammer, Hammer, with an H and A and an MM - E-R.”
Then add a beat and ask Joey to repeat it with you. Now that's FUN!
5. Allow your child to type spelling words on your laptop.
It feels grown-up, i.e important, to do real stuff on a computer, and not just play games. Or, ask her to type a sentence or two from a note that you've written for her. As you already know, you must know how to spell a word to be able to type it.
First grade learning and spelling is a huge task, but it also can be FUN!
Not sure what words to study? Check our lists of these first grade spelling words:
1st grade sight words - These 40 Dolch words are the most important words for first graders to read instantly and spell easily. We also have the complete Dolch Word list for preprimer through 3rd grade levels.
spelling word list - 200 spelling words of all types for your
first grader to learn: short vowels, long vowels, sight words and
First grade spelling words: Short vowels - 100 Words with short vowel sounds, arranged in word families.
Grade 1 Spelling words: Long vowels - 60 simple words with long vowel sounds, arranged in word families
1st grade spelling lists: Nouns, verbs, colors and numbers - The "extra" words 1st graders need to begin to write.
Here are just a few of the games, worksheets and activities on our site. Use the tabs on the left to find more!
Here are just some of the games you'll find in our Sight Word Games collection. These games will show you and your students that learning the basics can be fun!
Tic-Tac-Toe Sight Word Game - A simple, fun format that kids can use over and over with any sight words.
What's Missing? - Try these games to build reading, spelling and memory skills!
Sight Words Printables - Two super-fun pags that provide practice with color and number words.
Word Family Worksheets - Worksheet and booklet templates so your students can practice spelling any word family anytime!
Literacy Worksheets for Early Learners: 3 fun reproducibles your kids can customize.