Fun Spelling Resources & Ideas

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Fun Spelling Resources & Ideas

Postby buds » Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:02 pm

I've been receiving PMs from parents asking how to help children with
spelling. Some are unable to get children to learn spelling words given
by their schools.

So here in this thread, i wanna share fun spelling resources.. :love: ..
... and also ideas to hopefully get the children psyched on spelling revision. :wink:

By CREATIVES for 10yrs & above


It is a colourful board game which is challenging, educational and enjoyable. :love:
Comes with 4 play pieces, 300 colour coded cards graded from easy to difficult.


Each player or team chooses a coloured play piece and places it on the space
marked START. The word cards of any one colour are placed on the space
marked in the middle of the game board. The youngest player can have the
first turn... as what my DD2 would always say... :laugh: Easy does it if the
players take turns going clockwise. :D

Each player rolls the dice one at a time. The number rolled determines the
number of spaces the spelling words are worth and which word to be spelt.

For example, if a 1 is rolled the top word on the card picked is to be read..
and so on.


In the game instructions, is stated that whoever spells the word first gets the
points and the right to move the play piece. However, i played it this way to
avoid two girls screaming letters at me... :lol: I allow the player who has the
current turn to pick the card/roll the dice to spell the word first. If the player
is unable to spell it right then, the next player gets a go at spelling it and gets
to move their play piece according to the number rolled on the dice.

I also allow for pencil and paper for them to think through the possible
spellings for the more difficult words instead of just having them think
of the words in their heads. Less pressure for my DD2 when playing
against her jie. Hehee.. :lol:

I usually play judge, since even if i do play... i'd win hands-down anyway. :laugh:
DD2 likes to say that i'm the dictionary.. :politebleah:

Speaking of dictionary, i ask my girls to guess what the word means by
they way they sound or are spelt. For correct guesses i'd give them a
star sticker. For subsequent games, i'm thinking i'd add another point
for them to move on the board so that it'd motivate not to use me as
their walking dictionary. :wink:

This way i'd indirectly get my girls to find out meanings of words on their own. :love:

By TIMES Multimedia for 9 years & above
(TIMES Bookshop @ Centrepoint)

This is an educational cd-rom designed to enhance the teaching
and learning of the basic skills in spelling. Spelling games uses
a children's TV show format to present to students with many
interactive exercises to monitor understanding and exciting
games to enhance motivation.

The areas covered in this cd-rom are :

Spelling Sounds
> Consonants
> Vowels
> Combining Letters
> Silent Letters
> Homophones

Prefixes & Suffixes
> Suffixes
> Ending in 'e'
> Endings

Doubling Letters
> Main rules
> Main exceptions
> Ending in 'l'

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In doubling letters for example, they have this penalty shoot-out scene.
For every correct word spelt, a voice would scream "GOAL!!!"

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If the word is spelt wrongly, the voice would say, "It's a save this time!" and
goes thru' the word together with the player. So, in a way it's very interactive. :D

> Adding 's' and 'es'
> Ending in 'y'
> Ending in 'o'... 'f'... 'fe'

Punctuation & Spelling
> The apostrophe
> One or more words
> Hyphens
> Capital Letters


In Cloud Catcher, players have to fly the plane into clouds if the word on
the cloud needs capitalization. Like this example below...


In the Home Run game, the player spells words in a baseball game setting.
If the guess is wrong, the pgrm will assist the player on how the word is supposed
to be spelt.
The pgrm will also indicate which letters were not supposed to be in the word or
if any of the letters are in the wrong position in that word.

I intentionally spelt the word "downstairs" wrongly to see what was gonna
happen. :lol: The pgrm showed the correct way the word was to be spelt.
After three strikes though, the player is OUT! :wink: Then the player has
the option to try again.. 8)

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For getting the word wrong i got a strike.. cute arh? :wink:


And if the player spells the word correctly then he/she gets a HOME RUN!


By go.Play @ Growing Fun for children 4 years & above

Helps kids to practice their spelling, improve their vocabulary and have
fun. Using this on-the-go magnetic game, they can play anywhere and
anytime they want. Best part is, they don't even need to write the words
down! 8) The play pack can even go on the fridge so no keeping needed.
Bring down from the fridge to play and bring along when out on the go &
simply put them back up on the fridge when you get back. :wink:

White rectangle pieces represent the number of letters that particular
spelling word has. In this instance the teacher gave the word, "acceptable"
in the list for the week. If your child can remember the last 2 syllables - "table"
then he or she can stick those letter first and work backwards. No hard and
fast rule but more to encourage spelling revision without the fears or lethargy. :wink:


Guide the children till completion (spelling the word correctly) or until the
man gets hung... the play rules are set by you and your child together. :D
Important thing here is to have fun while learning spelling words!


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Postby plum-cake » Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:55 pm

Thank you for sharing another valuable information. you did it again :wink:

I didn know there is a software like this is available (SPELLING GAMES
By TIMES Multimedia for 9 years & above)

I use this one with her

Thank you.

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Postby buds » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:49 pm

You're most welcome, plum-cake. :please:

More to come. :wink:

Thanks for sharing the link!
I love it and will show my girls the webbie! :celebrate:

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The Giggle Method : Thinkalink

Postby buds » Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:11 pm

Have you heard of the giggle method to spelling? :lol:

When it comes to spelling tricky words, children love the giggle method! :wink:

It is basically a method you can come up with using mnemonics to spell words. :idea:
The funnier the words the better.. Dun quite get it myself, but guess the more
nonsensical.. the better this funny kids remember. :laugh:

I loved the idea from Mae on breaking up the word diarrhoea. :laugh:
Her expression made it even funnier. :rotflmao:

Mae said, "Dii arr..." [tummy ache coming]

After release; Mae said,"Ho.. *Yea!" :celebrate:

*yea is pronounced as : yeee-aye! (a celebratory cheer)*

It is a super cool way of learning tricky words ain't it? It's like learning new
words by playing with old words that the child is familiar with already.:wink:
When it comes to any task, engaging the child is half the battle won.

Thanks, Mae (TAS) for having me inspired to come up with more! :celebrate:

And... thanks for the laughs too! :wink:

When they have to learn something new they fear that they may not
understand or remember it. But, if you that we are going to be using
familiar expressions to help them learn, not new stuff, then there is a
much greater chance of engaging them.

I read somewhere of another expression of how another person taught
his daughter how to learn that same word... yes... the tricky diarrhoea. :laugh:

I recall reading him saying that, "The strength of linking is that it empowers
the child so they can go away and think of links for whatever they need to learn."

When learning to spell using linking, the child is attaching the word he or
she is learning to something that is already in their memory bank hence
it is a frust-free way of learning to spell.

Last autumn, a mother glanced over at her six-year-old daughter, as she
sat, arms folded, with a book propped in front of her at the kitchen table
doing some homework. She looked a bit fed up.

“Are you ok?” Her mom asked.

"Yes, Mom,” she replied.
“I just can't remember this spelling... it's a really hard one.”

"What is it?" Her mom said, imagining it'd be ‘beautiful’ or ‘success’ or...

"Diarrhoea," she replied, interrupting her thoughts. Stifling her own
giggles, she was about to offer some support when she realised something…
She'd never been able to spell that particular word either. Never been able to
store it in her long, or even medium, term memory anyway...

She decided that she needed to do the decent thing and figure out a way
to truly help her. To come up with a way for them to both remember the
spelling. Always.

She started where she thought any one of us probably would: Google. :lol:
And after only a few short searches, she came across the website of a
very interesting man...

Sir Linkalot.

Fast forward about half an hour and finding herself in the curious position
of running across the kitchen pretending to need the toilet and, erm, to
put it politely... Pretending she didn't quite make it, shouting:

"Runny, Runny, HELP ... OOPS!" as her daughter fell about in giggles.

As she learnt that day, the difficult thing with spelling ‘diarrhoea’ is the
middle bit - R R H O. It doesn't really make logical sense (not in her head
anyway) and so memorising a funny little line as an aid in remembering
the order of the letters is a fantastic help...

Presenting the spelling to her daughter like that really cemented it in her
head. And in hers too. If you so much as ask either of them now; how to
spell it.. they can reel off the letters quickly, with only a hint of the giggles
in their eyes.

This mother recommended this website : Thinkalink

Some of his expressions are really cute, funny and yes.. easier to remember. :wink:

Check him out! :celebrate:

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Postby pixiedust » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:52 pm

Dear buds,

Thank you for generous sharing ! This is very useful thread as ds has bad spelling habits. I especially enjoyed Thinkalink ! If I have kiasupoints I will give to you ! THANKS ! :celebrate:

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Postby buds » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:36 am

Dearest pixiedust, aawww... you're welcome. :please:

I'll share more when i can. :wink:

Yes! :idea: Thinkalink is sooo cute, ain't it? :love:

Err.. as for giving me your points.. actually

you can :evil: kudos me here at this link... :please:

> Buds' Blog : Fun Spelling Resources :wink:

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