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