Steps on how to spell a word using multi-sensory activities:
1. Say the word. (cat)
2. Sound out the word using your fingers. (Segment the word) Use your left hand, starting with your thumb. Say the sound as you touch the tip of your thumb. (c) Continue touching the tips of your fingers to sound out the whole word. (cat) Then glide your finger across the tips of your fingers to blend the word. (cat)
3. What is the first sound in the word? What is the next sound or vowel sound in the word? What is the last sound in the word?
4. Spell the word aloud, writing the letters on your palm as you name them.
5. Write the word, naming the letters as you write them.
Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words:
1. Use a jump rope to practice your spelling words, vocabulary words, or even your math facts. Write the words on a piece of paper or white board, etc. While looking at the word, spell the word while jumping rope.
2. Use a basketball or other ball to practice spelling words or math facts. Write the word on something. You can bounce the ball while spelling the word, throw the ball back and forth to someone spelling the word, or play "horse" where there is a basketball goal.
3. Practice any concept by jumping on a trampoline. As you jump, spell out the word, etc.
4. Use pudding, cornmeal, sand, salt, shaving cream, any kind of texture like sandpaper, carpet, etc. to practice spelling words, math facts, etc. Pour some salt in a cookie sheet. Move the pan so the salt is distributed equally. Then have your child write the word while naming the letters.
5. Rainbow writing with crayons or paint: Write the spelling words with one color. Next, while using a different color, trace over the first color while naming the letters. Then trace over the letters again. It makes a rainbow word. Do not use black or brown.
6. Mnemonics: Use a word as an acronym and create a sentence where the first letter of each word spells out the target word. (ex: arithmetic- A rat in the house might eat the ice cream. )
7. Mnemonics: You can also use mnemonics with any subject like Science, Social Studies, etc. (ex: The sequence of directions, going clockwise: north, east, south, west- Never Eat Shredded Wheat!
8. Use a typewriter, a keyboard, or a computer to practice words. Have your child name the letters when typing the words.
9. Magnetic Letters: Use plastic or magnetic letters to practice making words.
10. Illustrations: Illustrate the words.
11. Make up a cheer or dance of the word.
12. Whiteboards or chalkboards: Children love writing on whiteboards or chalkboards. They can use sidewalk chalk and practice on a sidewalk.
13. Categorize words: Have your child categorize the spelling words by phonic's patterns. (ex: cat, hat, sat- they all have the "at" pattern). Categorize all of the nouns, verbs, number of letters in the word, etc.
14. Sky write the spelling words. This is writing the letters of the word in the air while saying them aloud.
15. Alphabetical Order: Write the spelling words on index cards. Put the spelling words in alphabetical order. Then say the letters of the alphabet to see if you put them in order correctly.
16. Mispronounce the word to help focus on the individual components. (Wed-nes-day)
17. Create a sentence using a related word that contains the same sequence of letters as the target word. (hear: you hear with your ear.)
18. Create a sentence to focus on a specific aspect of the target word. (skiing: use both i's in skiing), (eight: there is no "a" in eight.)
19. Create a sentence that relates the target word to another word based on its roots. (muscular: Large muscles make you very muscular.)
20. Use and make mnemonic pictures: With this strategy, students learn to associate or group together words with their meanings that are spelled alike by drawing pictures. (ex: Draw a picture using the "ir" pattern words. Do not mix patterns in this picture. Say the words several times. Write a story about your picture or tell someone the story. Give a practice spelling test.
21. Create a song or jingle to spell the spelling words.
22. When writing the spelling words, write the vowels or vowel patterns in one color and the consonants in another color.
23. Visualize: Close your eyes and picture the word on the chalkboard in your mind as the teacher or partner dictates the words. This can be incorporated with motor activities such as an exercise matching, a balance beam, or with air writing activities.
24. Number Code: Have the student create a number code in which all the letters of the alphabet are assigned a number. then the student will use the code to form the spelling words.
25. Soft and Loud Activity: Looking at the list of spelling words, the child spells the word orally using soft and loud sounds. (ex: Vowels are soft sounds and consonants are loud sounds.)
26. Large Muscle Activity: Stomp and Thrust-Looking at the list of spelling words, the child will stomp for a vowel and thrust the arm forward for the consonants or kick a leg forward for a vowel or consonant.
27. Vowel Hop Activity: When spelling a word, the child makes a small hop in place while saying the letter.
28. Snap and Clap Activity: Say the spelling word. Have the child clap when they say a consonant letter and snap their fingers when they say a vowel.
29. Writing on your Back: With your finger, write a spelling word on someone's back. Then have the person guess what word he wrote. Take turns doing this activity.
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