This hands-on learning game is great for teaching your kindergartner to spell. It’s also good for intermediate spellers who need help seeing how some words share the same spelling pattern.
- Lined paper with space to draw a small picture above
- Cardboard or sturdy paper
Make the Game:
- Write one letter pattern, such as “-at” on a cardboard square about 1inch by 1inches.
- Next write individual consonant sounds on cardboard squares, one consonant to a square.
How to Play:
- Say a word, such as “cat.” Say it slowly, drawing out the first consonant. Then repeat the word.
- As you say the sound “c,” take the “c” sound and place it in front of you. When you say “at” place the “at” square next to the c.
- Say the word a third time, pointing to each letter as you say it.
- Have your child watch you as you copy the word on lined paper, again sounding out the letters as you write them. Then draw a picture of a cat in the space above the word you have written.
- Continue the game, saying a word, then letting your child do the rest of the steps on her own, or helping her as needed.