Need games or ideas to help my daughter with spelling.

"My daughter love playing the games and is very good at using her vocabulary words in sentence and picking the correct word from a list. The area we still have problem with is in spelling. Do you have a game or idea to help with this area?  I would appreciate it.  She is good at picking the correct spelling of a word from a list.  But if you ask her to spell a word without giving her an option she has problems."

Asked by Yolanda after reviewing the activity, "Guess My Word: A Vocab Game":
In Topics: Helping my child with writing, Helping my child with school work and home work, Family fun / holiday celebrations
> 60 days ago



Feb 11, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

Spelling can feel like a chore, but there are many ways we can make spelling fun.

Here are some multi-modal suggestions that I have used with my own children and also suggested to fellow educators and parents:

1.  Use a cookie tray and put a small dab of whip cream.  Have your child practicing spelling by writing with her finger.  Pudding also is fun and yummy!

2.  Use play doh, clay or bendable sponge toys to create letters and spell out words.  

3.  Have your daughter learn the letters in American Sign Language.  Then she can say letters aloud while signing them on her fingers.  This technique was very successful for my daughter who is learning disabled.  She found that this kinesthetic approach was fun and helped her to "feel" the letters.

4. Use fun markers, such as smelly or glitter ones.  This helps your child to using a writing utensil that is fun and engaging!

5.  Let her sing the words when she is spelling them. Make up rhymes or memory aids to help her remember words, too!

Good luck and have fun with spelling!

Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Host of Learning and Laughter on

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dgraab , Parent writes:

Here are a variety of free spelling activities and games on that you might try to help with making the learning fun:

Here are some articles with expert tips for helping your child improve her spelling:

I hope these resources are helpful to you!
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Dorisnanamom writes:
was told about this site and it looks like fun as well.  I see you can enter your speeling words, be quizzed, etc.  My niece likes it
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