Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Simple Spelling Word Practice

My son does not enjoy spelling words, spelling work, and especially spelling tests.  They drive him crazy.  He knows how to spell the words but often forget letters.  I really think it has something to do with his ADHD.  I can tell him to go back and look at his words and he always notices that he forgot a letter here or there, which frustrates him beyond belief.  Neither one of us look forward to his daily spelling time because it tends to be a bit stressful; bringing out a lot of his anxiety which leads to my frustration and then his frustration and then my anxiety....oh you get the picture.  It is not fun! I have been racking my brain to come up with other ways for him to show me that he can spell his weekly list of words.  I can't even count the number of times I have looked up fun ways for spelling on Pinterest, Google, etc.  After feeling like we have tried every trick in the book I decided to give up and just keep beating my head against the wall with our normal weekly spelling routine.  Until today... I listed each word twice (one version spelled correctly and the other slightly off).  I told him to circle the correctly spelled word and then underline the letters that made him recognize it was spelled correctly. It worked!!!  He loved it AND he got a 100.  I even told him he could use his spelling book if he wasn't sure of a word (since this was not a test) but he didn't even need to do that.  Success in spelling!!! Hallelujah! Praise God!!! Here are two pictures showing the front and back of the assignment.  I guess I could have typed the list in a really cute font and on fun paper but I wasn't sure this assignment was going to be a success, so little effort went into it.  :)

Page 1

Page 2

This was a fantastic switch up for spelling.  He enjoyed having something new and different and I really got a good feel for his ability with this list of words.

If you have a kiddo who struggles with spelling give this idea a try.  Hopefully you will find success with it like we did!


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