When it comes to spelling first grade seems to be the time when many really start focusing on the importance of it. If you are a homeschooler, what is really nice is that you can help your children learn to enjoy spelling. There are so many different activities that you can do with young children to make it fun. Below you will find several ideas and suggestions that may prove to be helpful.
Colors work wonders
Since first graders still really enjoy using crayons and pretty much anything that involves colors. First start by getting a large piece of construction paper. Use different color markers and a ruler to make a small line for each letter in the words. Each letter should get a different color. The children can then at the top of the page you can write the letters in the matching colors. For example the letter that goes on the first line can match the color of the first line. This will make it so much easier when your children start to put letters together to make words.
Guided spelling does not have to be a boring chore. Instead it can really be a lot of fun. You can write out a work one letter at a time and simply have your child copy what you’re doing. Sometimes when children have an example to follow it makes getting the work done a lot easier, and more enjoyable. At this point you will not want to worry too much about getting the letters perfect. This will come in time. The important thing to remember when they are first starting is to make it enjoyable.
Make it a game
There is plenty of fun spelling games that you can play along with your time. Of course it does not necessarily have to be a store brought game. Why not do a simple online search and see what games you can find for free right on your computer. You may also be able to purchase a few game books from the library. There are plenty of spelling games that you can make all by yourself. One spelling game that I really enjoy playing with my kids is a spelling hunt. What you do is focus on one word at a time. You will want to them hide the letters from that word around the house in different locations. If you have a yard you can also play this game outside. If you do play this game outside, it may be a good idea to play the letters inside Ziploc bags. You can use index cards to write the letters on. Hide the letters in different places around the house leaving out the first letter of the word. You can then have written clues that will allow both you and your child to hunt for the rest of the word.