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Study Tips: How to Help Your Child Study for a Spelling Test

Updated on October 14, 2011
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Starting in grade one, your little boy or girl will start doing spelling tests. Here are a few tips on how to help them study for these tests.

Their first few tests will be simple little words like "of" or "and". It is important to review and study these words every night, even if they are easy for your child to spell. This gets them into the habit of studying a little bit every night.

Start your study session by letting your child read the list of words. If she can't read them, she can't spell them!

Get her to write the words out and place them in a spot where they can easily be seen, like on the fridge or her bedroom door. The more she sees them, the easier it will be to remember them.

Practice writing all the words every night, not just the ones they have trouble with. I have found that the words my kids misspell sometimes change from night to night.

Writing the words out on paper is one way to practice, but it is not the only way! Why not make it more fun?

  • Get a cookie sheet and fill it with shaving cream, pudding, sugar or whatever. Use your finger or a stick to spell words.
  • Use scrabble tiles to spell out words.
  • Get a ball and play pass or bounce it while you spell the words out loud.
  • Try the same thing with skipping rope.
  • Use soap crayons in the tub or sidewalk chalk on the cement.
  • Play hangman.
  • Make a word search using the spelling words.
  • Type the words onto the computer.

If you have any other ideas, please share them below.

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      carrieunderwoodrocks 4 years ago

      Believe me, a good way to study is to get letter magnets and spell out words on your fridge, you can also create a song that has all of the words and their spelling in it. You can play a game with siblings (or friends) like the following: 2 or more children can stand at the end of a room (or yard if outside) and they both have a piece of paper in their hands that have one of the words on it, but only one is spelled right. It is like red light green light but you must run to the right spelling (but using the red light green light rules.) I will give you more ideas when I think of some. (This works, take it from a 5th grader who still takes spelling tests.) :)

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      4 years ago

      good help

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      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      Maybe he gets nervous taking tests? I would talk to the teacher about it.

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      Brittni 6 years ago

      My son can always spell the words to me and write them at home. Now when it comes to the test he does not get any of the words correct can anyone help me with that??

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Awesome tip, nell, thank you for sharing it.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hiya, I always had a book ready for my son when he was small, and I used to make him say the word, and then explain what it was. I used to say, what if somebody hadn't seen the object before? like a pair of scissors. So He would concentrate, his little face all screwed up, and say they are metal, with a loop at each end to put your fingers through, and they are long and sharp. this is just an example, but you can do it with more or less any word, as long as it is an object. By the time he had finished, he had been so busy working it out, he always remembered how to spell it! thanks nell

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your comment, eileen.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      daisyjae, great ideas as so many kids get to high school and still cannot spell. Every time I look at your avitar I can almost hear him/her purr. Thanks for sharing

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for stopping by, habee.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great tips. I remember those days!

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you, sage, I'm glad you found it helpful.

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Wow, what creative suggestions you have come up with to make learning fun. I will pass these ideas onto my children so they can have some fun learning with their kids.

      Sage

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Flash cards are great, it is so helpful for them just to see the words regularly. Thanks for the tip, loveofnight.

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      helpful hub with good advice, i have a neighbor who has words written out on flash cards all over her house. on the cabinets, curtains and even cups...... just spelling out what they are. it seems to have helped her little one a lot and he even knows words that the other kids in the class don't know......thx 4 share

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you jannyc.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      This is creative advice. Mines in pre-k still he will be in kindergarten next year. He is also in speech so we work on his works and phonic skills all the time. I even did make up some games to help and make it not so tedious. So Im printing this out for future use. Tweeted this cause I got some mommy followers.

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Its true ethel. Its up to the parents to help them find ways to study sometimes, teachers are so over worked. Thank you for your comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Good advice. Spelling can be so hard for kids

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific help hub thanks