Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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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, July10_SpellingGame2 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.

10 comments:

Christy said...

You probably know this, but it is very common for children to be able to read words for quite a while before they can spell them. I wouldn't worry about it - she'll get there!

I like this idea. I'll have to try it with C.

MaryAnne said...

This is a great idea! I love the way you modified the game to make it interesting for her =)

April said...

I am planning a letter tile and card game for my daughter, I got the idea from Counting Coconuts. I think she is a little young for a competition aspect, but that would be fun for when she is older.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I might try this to see if we can get some use out of our Bananagrams. I have one who really does not spell - so far the rest spell pretty naturally. I am not a natural speller - and still avoid spelling games :)

Joyful Learner said...

How about getting her a spelling dictionary? It's kind of a spell checker but comes with definitions of words as well. Since you allow Anna computer time, maybe you can find a computer program that involves spelling games.

She's still very young but if the problem continues, it may not hurt to have her tested. Just a suggestion. I'm thinking of having K tested at 6 to see how best I can help her learning needs.

Ticia said...

I wouldn't worry too much about it right now like everyone else has been saying. A game that might be great for her is Scrabble junior because it has the words already spelled out and you just cover them up.

I need to break down at some point and get bananagrams.

hey said...

Oh, I know how Anna feels! I am a terrible speller. In fact my entire family is cursed by the terrible speller gene! Unfortunately, I've now passed on this gene onto my son.

I'm also a horrific typist so I leave a string of spelling errors every where I go!

Anna's still young. You'll find ways to help her grow in this area as she gets older! I like how you made a game just for her. Knowing just how much to encourage her and knowing when to let it go.

jeannine
http://waddleeahchaa.com/

Kelly said...

Great idea to change up the game to make it work for her.
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Smita Srivastava said...

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Sherri said...

Spelling has been a tough subject for us...I love this idea! It starts them young! =)