Monday, April 25, 2011

Abby Cadabra

I believe I heard about Abby Cadabra, Super Speller by Joan Holub before at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn blog, so I was very pleased when Anna unearthed this book in the easy reader section of the library. It’s a great story about two competitive witches that try their best to win a spelling bee. Now almost every day Anna asks me to play “a witch school”. I am happy to oblige, since I sneakily modified an original rule. We take turns, and each of us has to spell the word, explain the spelling Apr18_WitchSchoolrule, then make a short story about the word, draw the picture about the word and then write the word. It seems like a lot, but each turn only takes about 5 minutes, and it’s a lot of fun for both of us. I try to rhyme my stories while Anna comes up with elaborate and hilarious scenarios for hers. In the meantime I discovered that she is quite adept in spelling three letter words, and I am hoping that she will learn some new spelling rules as we keep playing this game. I think we are going to add acting out the word too… on the other hand, my last word to spell from Anna was a paper airplane.

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9 comments:

Christy said...

I'll have to look for this book! Sounds like a fun activity.

Debbie said...

I am going to look for this book. I wonder if Selena would enjoy this activity, I don't know she is so natural at spelling and is now into spelling very complex words. Every night she holds her own little spelling bees, taking turns with me to spell words. Now if only the writing would take off.

Ticia said...

What a fun extension! We're getting serious about working on spelling and writing now, which is showing some improvement. Or so I tell myself.

Elise said...

I can imagine you would have lots of laughs playing this. What fun to bring several creative elements together.

MaryAnne said...

What a great game to play together. I would love to see you act out "paper airplane"!

jenny said...

What a playful way to encourage spelling!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I like the idea of casting spelling spells! Another spelling book we like is Abigail Spells.

Cathy James said...

Learing spellings in our house is not a favourite passtime (!), so thanks for this playful idea. Lovely to see at the Play Academy again.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is a wonderful way to work on spelling!

Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.