Spelling Homework Ideas

 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words at Home

 

  • Make flashcards of the words on index cards and:
  • Make 2 sets of cards for a Memory game and play with someone (read each word as you make a match!)
  • Hang them around your house and every time you walk by a word, read it.
  • Time yourself—how fast can you read through them (try again and try to beat your first time!)
  • Write the words in different colors (rainbow write).
  • Write the word wall words 3 or more times each using your BEST handwriting.
  • Type your words on the computer 3 or more times each.
  • Have someone give you a “spelling test” of the words OR give someone else a “spelling test” of your words. Be sure to check and make sure the words are all spelled correctly!
  • Read/say the word, use it in a sentence, then read/say the word again.
  • Form your words out of different materials: string, alphabet cereal, pretzels, pasta, pipe cleaners, clay, play dough, coins, buttons, etc.
  • Tape/video record yourself saying and spelling the words. Then listen/watch yourself on tape!
  • Spell the words out loud. Clap or snap whenever you say a vowel.
  • Find and cut out word wall words you see in the newspaper or a magazine.
  • See how many times you can write the words in 1, 2, or 3 minutes!
  • Draw a character saying the words.
  • Read a story and point out the word wall words you see.
  • List words that have the same vowel sounds as the word wall words you are practicing.
  • Try to write the words without looking.
  • Write the words on paper, scramble them up, and then put the words back in ABC order.
  • Paint the words with water colors or finger paints.
  • Make a poster with a list of your word wall words. (Hang the poster in your room!)
  • Play school and teach the words to your imaginary students (or family members!)
  • Write your words with your finger five or more times in the air, in flour, salt, sugar, shaving cream, etc.
  • Write the words on someone’s back with your finger. Have the person try and guess your words.
  • Use chalk to write your words on the driveway/sidewalk.
  • Stamp your words using rubber stamps and assorted colors
  • Word Wall Hide and Seek—write each word wall word on index cards with correct and incorrect spellings. Have your child try to find the word wall words with the correct spellings (and not get tricked by the wrong.)
  • Paint (or Hair Gel) Bags - Pour paint into a Ziploc freezer bag and seal. Use your fingertips to write words on the bag. To erase, simply squish bag and you are ready for the next word.
  • Which is Correct? Write words on a dry erase board and include misspelled words. Have child identify the correctly spelled words.
  • Flashlight Words- Use the beam of light from a flashlight to write the words on the wall in the dark. 
  • Sponge Words- Write words on a chalkboard using a wet sponge. 
  • Magnetic Letters- Use magnetic letters on the refrigerator to form the words. 
  • Word Basketball- Write words on small pieces of paper. Read the word, crumble it into a ball, and shoot a basket into a box, waste can, or any available container. 
  • Word Wall Freeze- Spread word cards out over an area and play music. When the music stops, pick one up and read it. 
  • Swat- Write words on a piece of cardboard. Have your child swat at the word called out with a fly swatter.