• Here are some ways your child may practice his or her spelling and red words:


          Spelling City - Play games using this week's spelling list on Spelling City. Enter your child's username and passoword under "Student Login".


          Build the word

          Use magnet letters or scrabble tiles


          Write the word 

          Scratch it in playdough with a toothpick or write it with your finger in shaving cream     


          Spell them out loud (spelling bee style)


          Repeated Visualization

    1. Have the child say the word and then use it in a sentence.
    2. Help the child to see the word in his/her "mind's eye." For example, spell the word with eyes closed or write it in the air.  Then check it with a written version to see if it is correct.
    3. Have the child write the word from memory and check it against the original.
    4. Have the child cover the word and write it again.
    5. Have the child write it again two more times.


          Tapping the Words

              Arm Tap and Spell:  for RED WORDS (words that cannot be sounded out phonetically- i.e. the, are, is, you, to)

    1. Look at the word.
    2. Say the word.  
    3. Look away from the word and with one arm fully extended, bring the other hand to the shoulder of extended arm.
    4. Tap and say each letter separately, beginning at the shoulder and moving down the arm (ex "the, t - h - e,  the”)  
    5. After spelling the word, the tapping hand returns to the top of the shoulder and slides down the arm while simultaneously saying the whole word.  


              Finger Tapping: for words that can be spelled phonetically (i.e. top).

    1. Look at the word.
    2. Say the word.  
    3. Look away from the word and extend one hand onto a flat surface.
    4. Tap and say each letter separately, beginning with the thumb and tap each letter (ex "STAMP, S - T - A - M - P,  STAMP)  



Spelling and Red Word Practice