Writing spelling words over and over isn’t fun. That’s whey I try to come up with new and fun ways for the kids to work on spelling words and sight words each week. This week the weather inspired our spelling practice. We brought in a bit of the winter precipitation and did spelling in the snow.
- Letter Tiles
- Large, Shallow Container
I started off by putting several inches of snow at the bottom of a large, shallow storage container. Then I got the letter tiles from our Bananagrams game. (We love using Bananagrams for learning!) Don’t have snow where you’re at? You could do this activity using Magic Snow too! (Put it in the refrigerator first, and it will even be cold like real snow!)
Sight Word Practice:
My 5 year-old gets a short list of words each week that I want him to be able to read on sight. (We work on sounding them out together first, because I want him to know he CAN sound them out if he has to, but for fluency purposes I am trying to get him to know them as sight words.) I gave him the tiles to create each word on his list and asked him to read the word from his list and then write it with tiles in the snow.
Spelling Word Practice:
My 7 year-old has spelling words to work on each week. I gave her a container with the remaining letter tiles, and then had her use the tiles to spell each word when prompted.
They had lots of fun with spelling practice. They even asked to do it again the next day. (That is definitely a win to me!)
Other fun ways to practice spelling words:
- Practice Spelling with Kinetic Sand Castles
- Spelling Practice with Water Beads
- 15 Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words