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Fun Ways to Help Your Child Spell Tricky Words

Spelling games

Some ways to help your child learn the spelling of tricky words at home

Most children have difficulty spelling some common words, such as ‘does’, ‘your’, ‘because’.

Here are some fun ways to practise the spelling of the words your child finds particularly tricky.

Top tip – whichever method/s you use, try to get your child to say the letter name each time she/he writes/selects a letter, and then to say the whole word once it is complete.

Get your child to practise writing the word

• With his/her finger in sand/flour/couscous
• With a stick in the mud
• Using an empty washing up liquid bottle/shower gel bottle filled with water – write the word on the pavement/driveway/patio
• On the window or on an old bathroom tile using a dry wipe pen (Warning: make absolutely, absolutely sure that it is a dry wipe pen!)

Build the word

Write the letters of the word (and some extra letters that are not in the word) on individual pieces of paper. Place them around the room/garden.  Get your child to collect the letters in the correct order to spell the word.

Put the pieces of paper on the floor and ask your child to jump on them in the right order to spell the word – shouting out the letter name each time she/he jumps on the letter and then shouting the word when she/he has finished.

Get your child to make the word in play dough, plasticine, wikki stix, lego, spaghetti – anything you have in the house.

Build up automatic knowledge of the spelling
Timing – time your child for 30 seconds and see how many times she/he can write the word correctly and legibly.  Repeat and see it she/he can beat a previous record.

Have fun and if you'd like to learn more about helping your child with their learning our course full of practical tips for parents is now available online - full details here

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