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More Tactile Spelling Practice

If you have a child that struggles with spelling, or writing letters correctly, having them practice spelling words in shaving cream is a fresh way for them to study those words.

Another type of tactile spelling practice we have used is forming the words with clay.

Do you have a struggling speller? What methods have worked for you?

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  1. My older child attends a Montessori school and some of the tools they use in the classroom include writing letters in sand (corn meal also works).

    They also use a moveable alphabet like this one http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510400090/5104/Montessori-Outlet-Small-Movable-Alphabet-(Print,-Mix-Blue-%26-Red) though they learn curse before printing.

    They also have sandpaper letters http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510400011/5104/Montessori%2DOutlet%2DLower%2DCase%2DSandpaper%2DLetters%2D%2D%2DPrint%2D

    I have not purchased from any of the links I included but they gave the best picture of what I was talking about.

    Here are some DIY links for anyone who might like to make their own sets. This is one of my favorite Montessori sites and she links to other good ones.

    http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/01/02/montessori-monday-inexpensive-and-diy-movable-alphabets/

    http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/12/19/montessori-monday-inexpensive-and-diy-sandpaper-letters/

  2. What a fun idea! I LOVE finding ways of making learning a fun experience!

  3. One of my children has learnt/made up mnemonics for many irregular words. She has found remembering them any other way difficult. We’ve used Word Shark and loads of other ideas but this, and time, are the only things that have really helped.

  4. Also, magnetic letters are great. Use a cookie sheet or metal burner covers from the dollar store.
    Or, write the alphabet letters on the sidewalk or on ceramic tiles in your kitchen if you have that flooring. Chalk wipes right off. Call out the word and have them stomp on the letters in the correct order.

  5. Oh the joys of spelling. Here is a list of what my jellybeans do:

    We use magnetic letters on cookie sheets, mostly to play a game whats missing.

    Dry erase boards

    Markers on the sliding glass window

    typing out their list

    http://www.spellcity.com

    The newest that has been a big hit, an App called Paint Joy. They love the neon and then they can hit the movie button and watch their words appear. Have fun!

  6. I can’t quite pinpoint it with my (almost) 9 year old. She can spell the words the week we do them. She gets them right on her spelling test. But the next week, they have been replaced in her brain by the new set of words.

    She doesn’t seem to stop and ask herself if a word looks wrong before writing it down either.

    I’ll try the play-doh. We’ve tried the shaving cream– and they enjoy that too. Maybe I just need her to use more of her senses to make these words permanent in her brain vs. lasting one week.

  7. Ooh! I like everyone else’s ideas too!

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