There are so many ways to teach spelling! How do you know which one is best? Here’s what we recommend.
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What’s the best way to teach spelling?
What was spelling instruction like for you? If you’re like most of us, you had a weekly list of words from a textbook. Sometimes the words were related – and sometimes not. You were taught to memorize each word by copying it until you knew it.
And of course, you had the same list as everyone else in your class – whether or not one of you needed extra help or was ready for a more challenging list.
What’s wrong with the traditional approach to teaching spelling?
- Rote memorization is not an effective way to learn and remember. How many kids forget their spelling words as soon as they finish the test?
- With traditional spelling instruction, kids are passive learners. Spelling is boring – for both the students and the teacher! We need to give kids an active role.
- Children move through the stages of spelling development at a different pace. Just a handful of kids’ needs are met when the entire class has the same word list!
It’s called Word Study.
It works for kids in preschool through high school.
You don’t have to buy an expensive curriculum.
It’s great for the classroom.
And it’s perfect for homeschooling.
How is Word Study different from traditional spelling instruction?
What’s coming next?
Don’t worry – I’m not stopping here! But it’s a dense subject, and we’ll take it step by step. My end goal is to provide a giant set of free printable lists and games that you can use to save yourself some time as you teach Word Study in your home or classroom.
And if I’ve piqued your interest, this book is a must-have resource!
Read the rest of the series!
- Part 1: There’s a better way to teach spelling
- Part 2: How to understand the levels of spelling development
- Part 3: How to know which spelling words to teach
- Part 4: Word sort activities
- Part 5: Meaningful spelling activities
OUR VERY FAVORITE PRINTABLE SPELLING GAMES
If you’re looking for printable games that you can use with any word list, we highly recommend this collection from This Reading Mama. Many of the games are editable! Purchase below using my affiliate link.