How Parents Can Teach Spelling and Writing
Everyone is still at home trying to juggle work, the kids, and everything else, and some parents are feeling stress about keeping up with academic skills. There are so many ways to support learning and academic skill development beyond worksheets and apps! In this article I’m going to give you some ways you can work on spelling and writing with your children. Just like comprehension, it doesn’t have to be hard! Follow along to discover a few simple ways to ‘teach’ spelling and writing that might even be fun.
Here are 6 easy ways to work on spelling and writing:
- Play a Game – Games like Scrabble, Bananagrams, Appleletters, and Boggle can be really fun ways to work on spelling without pulling out a spelling list. You can even take the pressure out of the games by reducing the time limit or playing together to see how many words you can make as a family. Games are a lot of fun, and while they work on many skills they don’t feel like ‘work.’
- Do a Crossword, Word Search, or Mad Lib – Crosswords, word searches, and mad libs are great ways to work on spelling, vocabulary, and even comprehension. You can find lots of ready-made crosswords, word searches, and mad libs online, or you can even make your own. Everyone in the family can get involved in making crosswords, word searches, or mad libs for each other. Try to stump your family members with your clues or make your mad libs as silly as possible!
- Write a Blog or Journal – One great way to work on writing without pressure is to just blog or journal about your day. It doesn’t have to be long! You can do a collaborative journal where each person in the family adds a sentence or two about what they did that day. While this is a very difficult time for everyone, we may appreciate looking back on how we overcame these unique circumstances in the years to come.
- Make a Comic Strip – Brainstorm some ideas for characters, setting, and adventure and write your own family comic strip. Each person can take on a role to create a fun story with illustrations. One person could draw the pictures, and others can add in the dialog for each of the characters. You could also make it really silly and have each person in your family draw one scene of the story and then put them all together to create a full comic strip.
- Write a Story – I use a lot of story starters with the clients I work with to help them get the ball rolling with their writing. One of my favorite ways to do this is to take turns adding to the story. Sometimes we write the stories and sometimes we just tell them out loud. I have even done this while passing a ball back and forth – when you catch the ball it is your turn to add to the story. Sometimes I use a story starter from a list or sometimes we use a picture or photograph and tell a story about what we see. Whether you write the story down, record it, or just tell it out loud, you are working on the elements of writing and grammar. Taking turns adding to the story makes it fun and you never know where your adventure will take you. The story doesn’t have to be long, and it can be as silly or serious as you want it to be.
- Write a letter or e-mail – We are all missing our friends and family right now. Sending a letter, card, or e-mail to those we are away from is a great way to connect while working on those spelling and writing skills. The great thing about this activity is that it will make someone else’s day and your child might get a response in return.
Spelling and writing can be done in so many fun and creative ways, you don’t have to be a teacher or make a lesson plan to improve spelling and writing. Even engaging in everyday activities like making lists or schedules can improve your child’s writing and spelling. Try to mix it up and keep it fun and low stress for everyone!