Easy homeschool spelling games are fun, help with learning, and help with creativity. Spelling is important for reading, comprehension, writing, and knowledge of reference books.
I think because I was such an avid reader when I was growing up it helped with my spelling. The more I could spell, the more I read. It was important to me when we started homeschooling to have a sound spelling curriculum.
In addition to my curriculum we use shames. I love games, and my kids love games. Most kids like to play games and if we can sneak in some education, why not?
Here are a few games to try for spelling:
Spelling bee’s are a favorite in our homeschool. Even thought I have three age groups to work with, and one is a non-reader, it works.
For my non-reader we use a manipulative that has dogs’ with words. The dogs’ have very simple sight words on them. When my youngest son has a turn, he pulls one out. Then we spell the word.
For my older two, I use the grades they are in and throw in a few harder one’s to make it interesting. We go until someone makes a mistake, but I allow them to have three chances.
Bananagrams is great for spelling games. I set a timer, and they get a list of words. This game is more one on one. Each time the timer goes off, they get one minute less.
The challenge comes in with beating the timer and going through all of the index cards. It resembles beat the clock, but with spelling words.
Sometimes I play against them to add in one more challenge of beating mom.
My youngest two children i make sure they have words that are easy to spell out. Before they start all of the letters will be face up. Putting them in alphabetical order helps out a lot with younger children.
I also use it a lot with my non-reader. Bananagrams has been a huge help with ABC identification.
Scooter board Races
Bringing together a fun activity with a subject is a simple way to add to learning. Not all games have to be at the table. Scooter board spelling is simple. Grab a scooter board and a stack of words. Then use a toy like the magna doodle for them to write on.
Throughout the house set out an obstacle course with painter’s tape or objects. Next, set up checkpoints. At the checkpoints lay down a set of 10 words to spell. Using the magna doodle they will spell all of the words. When they are done, place the cards face down. This way it shows completion.
I do one child at a time. When the first one finishes the first checkpoint the second one can go. To organize it a little better I have the cards for each grade in a labeled ziploc bag. It helps so that no mistakes are made.
If you haven’t tried games in your homeschool yet, you should. It is an easy, fun, and interesting addition to book work.
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