Spelling … how’s it going in your house?
I look at spelling a lot like learning basic math facts. Absolutely important as a building block to higher level schooling — but not always as exciting to learn.
Over the years, I’ve tried so many different approaches — memorizing basic lists, using copywork, playing tons of games — and each has pros and cons.
What I’ve found is that the type of learner that I have really determines what kind of approach works best.
My wholistic thinkers do really well with games and spell check and copywork. Each time they see a word misspelled, it gets filed away … and over time their spelling continues to improve.
I’m always amazed because these wholistic-thinking kids are also the ones who seem to be allergic to lists and memorizing anything … it’s almost as if they need to just absorb the spelling through everyday exposure.
On the other side are my linear thinkers. They LOVE lists … and really need them to do well.
My dyslexic linear thinker must methodically and logically taught spelling — helping her see the patterns and the connections. Her spelling is slowly improving through consistent focus.
My other non-dyslexic linear thinker uses the lists and immediately sees the connections on his own. He LOVES words. He also LOVES word games because spelling comes so naturally to him.
So with this mix of kids, I’ve found that a mixed approach to spelling has been effective. Some get lists, some get copywork.
But games are one way that we all can come together — adjusting to accommodate the different skill levels.
I want to share with you one of my favorite word games that we’ve been able to adapt in several ways into our homeschool.
Play it straight — or modify it to teach and review specific words. So much fun no matter how you to do it!
CLICK HERE to check it out for your homeschool: