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Hands-On Learning Games: Teaching Your Kindergartner to Spell

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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.

Materials:

  • Lined paper with space to draw a small picture above
  • Cardboard or sturdy paper

Make the Game:

  1. Write one letter pattern, such as “-at” on a cardboard square about 1inch by 1inches.
  2. Next write individual consonant sounds on cardboard squares, one consonant to a square.

How to Play:

  1. Say a word, such as “cat.” Say it slowly, drawing out the first consonant. Then repeat the word.
  2. 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.
  3. Say the word a third time, pointing to each letter as you say it.
  4. 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.
  5. Continue the game, saying a word, then letting your child do the rest of the steps on her own, or helping her as needed.

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