Home      Store      Contact      Site Map   

Spelling for Kindergarten

quote about Spelling for Kindergarten

It's true! Spelling for kindergarten should be simple, useful and intentional. Spelling lists and practices should not be mindless, grueling or boring.

So how can you pull this off? Use the recommendations and  word lists that follow, and you'll be on the right track!

What Words Should Kindergartners Learn to Spell?

1. One of the very first words every kindergartner should learn to spell is his/her name.  

2. Other spelling words should be those that have  everyday meaning for students and are simple to spell. 

3. Kindergartners should also learn to spell words in simple word families, such as the  ad, an, ap, at, ed, en, et, ig, in, ot,  and ug families. 

A Starter List of Kindergarten Spelling Words

Everyday Words 

Five Easy Word Families

Mom, Dad, cat, dog, sun, moon, book, look, see,  yes, no, stop, go

  • at:  bat, cat, mat,  rat, sat
  • an: fan, man, pan, ran, tan
  • en:  den, men, pen, ten
  • ig:  big, dig, jig, pig, wig
  • ot:  cot, dot, hot, lot, not, pot
  • ug: bug, dug, mug, rug

How Should Kindergartners Learn to Spell?

1. Students should learn to spell their names by repetitive use. Each time they color a paper or come to the board, ask them to write their names.  Use their names frequently in classroom displays, such as chore charts, cubbyholes, and so on.

2. Students should read their new spelling words.  When you assign five new spelling words, for example, also give your students short text selections that include all or most of these words.  Read the text together, then ask kids to circle the spelling words and write them again on the back of the page.

3. Students should write their new words in worksheets, on the board, and in repetitive work.  For instance, you can ask students to write a new word three times in a row, each time with a different color, just to keep it fun. 

4. Students should spell their new words aloud. Take two minutes of transition time to spell the new words aloud as a group. Encourage students and parents to work together on the new words at home.

5. Students should participate in fun learning games that reinforce their burgeoning spelling skills. 

Keep it light, keep it fun, and keep it coming!

Spelling for Kindergarten : Activities, Games & Worksheets

Kindergarten Sight Words - Use these kindergarten sight words to strengthen early learners' reading, writing and spelling skills. When student can master these simple words as early as kindergarten, they'll be off to a great start with their language skill-building!

Check out this article on Phonics for Kindergarten. You'll find some overlapping valuable information. These Phonics Activities and Worksheets are also very helpful when planning spelling for kindergarten.

Letter Lines - Kindergarten printable worksheets in which students match pictures with words, then draw lines to connect letters in those words

What's Last? - A kindergarten worksheet featuring final consonants

Rhyme Time - 2 cute pages the help kids identify simple rhyming words

  1. Spelling Words Well
  2. Spelling Word Lists
  3. Word List for Kindergarten


Spelling Words Well logo

Think a Spell brain teaser eBook

Think-A-Spell! A fun collection of brain teasers and spelling challenges. Best for ages 10 to adult. 

AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks

AnyWord Spelling Practice Series Worksheets, Games and Prompts that work with almost ANY spelling words!

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-2

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1 and 2    50 All-new reproducible pages for early learners!