Here are a few ideas to add variation and practice to learning new or difficult words:
A. My son is in first grade and receives 6 words a week to learn and memorize. Every night he has to choose from a list of activities to complete his spelling homework. These activities include:
- drawing pictures for each word,
- writing the words in 3 different colors each,
- writing a sentence for each word,
- making flashcards,
- writing on the sidewalk with chalk,
- finding the words in stories,
- writing your own story with the words,
- list the words in ABC order,
- type your words on the computer,
- staircase the words,
- write the words and trace the vowels with red marker
C. Here are two spelling strategies I like from Stowell Learning Center:
Spelling often "goes out the window" when students are trying to write sentences and stories. If your child is continually asking you how to spell words, or is misspelling words you're sure he knows, try having him "say and write."
The student should say each sound as he writes it. This keeps him from guessing and being impulsive. It helps him think about all of the sounds in the word.
To be a good speller, you must be able to think about the sounds in the word and have a mental picture of what the word looks like.
Here is a fun strategy for visualizing how words look. Use this to practice difficult spelling words. Break the word into parts if needed and then put it back together and practice the whole word.