Despite being a fantastic reader, my daughter is a poor speller and she knows it. Since she also happens to be a perfectionist, she really resists spelling as something where success is not guaranteed. She always asks me to spell everything for her when she writes (and the writing itself barely ever happens anyway). I was thinking for a while that we could use Bananagrams to encourage spelling, but Anna was not interested to play even a modified version of the game until I came up with my own version. We flipped through our current FIAR book (still Madeline) and Anna selected 10 easy words to spell (sad, bad, bed, one, etc.) while I selected 10 longer words for me to spell. Then we were flipping our cards and seeing who can complete the word faster. At first Anna had problems finding the right letters, but she quickly improved and enjoyed her victories. The next step will be to spell those words without actually looking at the words, but so far Anna balked at this modification. I am still hoping that some of the spelling rules and sight words will stick during these games, and we can gradually extend our spelling words collection with more words from different books.