Monday, December 6, 2010
Kat has been having trouble with her spelling this year. She reads well, but when it comes time to spell words on her own, she finds it difficult. I'm sure many parents of young children can relate. When we try to have her review her spelling words as a list, then quiz her, she often has a meltdown out of frustration.
Last week, Shane was sorting some things in the basement and found our old Upwords game. He and Kat played a couple of games, then put it away. Thursday afternoon, though, when Kat brought home her spelling pre-test and had a score of just 30%, I thought bringing out the Upwords game might be a fun tool to help her learn.
First we gathered all the letters she would need for all the words on her spelling list. There were about a dozen. From those, we first gave her just the letters she needed to spell the specific word in question (i.e., for the word BRIDGE, we gave her only the letters B, D, E, G, I, R. Once she mastered her list that way, we gave her all the entire dozen and had her select the ones she needed for each word. Finally, we gave her all the tiles in the game and let her spell from those. By the end of the "game", her score had improved to 70%. With no fits thrown, either on Kat's part or ours.
This morning, without any review, she spelled 80% of the words correctly. On her actual test at school Friday, she again got 7 of 10 correct. Good enough, I think, since we only spent one night practicing.
I'm going to try the "game" again this week, but will try to play at spelling a little each day instead of cramming the night before the test.
In addition to Upwords (do they even sell that game anymore?), this would work with any type of spelling game, such as Scrabble or Boggle. Santa will be bringing the new Scrabble Flash game this year, which can be played with others or solo. It will also be a big spelling helper, I think.
Posted by Annie Jones at 10:00 AM