10 Quick and Easy Ways to Study Spelling Words

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Back in the olden days when I was in school, the preferred method of studying spelling words was to write the words ten times each.


These hands-on ideas for how to study spelling words are applicable to any list – and a lot more fun than writing words ten times each.

10 Quick and Easy Ways to Study Spelling Words


10 Quick and Easy Ways to Study Spelling Words

1. Finger writing. This is a fantastic multi-sensory study method for kinesthetic learners. Write the words in sand, rice, or shaving cream. You can also use sandpaper to trace the words out, but this doesn’t allow the student to see the word when he’s finished.

2. Ransom notes. Use letters cut from a magazine or newspaper to spell out the words, ransom-note-style.

3. Rainbow words. For older kids learning multi-syllable words, use different colored markers to write out each syllable or to highlight words within words that help your kids make mental connections.

4. Magnetic letters. Using magnetic letters, such as refrigerator magnets or the spelling tiles from All About Spelling allows students to manipulate the letters as they think about how to construct the words, another fantastic method for kinesthetic learners or dyslexic kids.

10 Quick and Easy Ways to Study Spelling Words

5. Crossword puzzles. You can make your own homemade crossword puzzles by hand or use an online crossword puzzle maker.

6. Sidewalk chalk. If the weather is nice, head outside with the sidewalk chalk. That’s much more fun than studying words indoors!

7. Crayon scratch paper. Make homemade crayon scratch paper and use it to scratch out the spelling words.

8. Spelling software. Try a site like Spelling City

9. Stamp words. Alphabet letter stamps are a fun way to practice spelling words.

10. Play dough letters. Use alphabet cookie cutters to cut spelling words into play dough. You could even cut the letters into cookie dough and play with your food a bit before you eat it. {grin}

BONUS Ideas and Ways to Study Spelling Words

Here are some bonus ideas:

What are some of your favorite ways to practice spelling words?

This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. We’ve done several of the things you’ve mentioned. We also do mini-spelling bees (they LOVE this), and I have them make their own word scrambles. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. You can use free drawing or grafitti apps to write spelling words in glitter, with smileys, in 3D etc.,etc.

  3. We’ve done most of the methods you suggest! My kids also get a kick out of writing their spelling words in dry erase markers on our windows and french doors. I guess it’s that whole being allowed to write on something that isn’t paper.

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