Sponge Print Spelling

Alphabet Sponge  Spelling

I purchased these cute stamps for 1Euro 75cent in Tesco when I was doing my grocery shop today. Cheap and cheerful or what?!

The only downside is that they are capital letters. It is always better to teach children to read and write using lowercase unless a capital letter is actually required.

Once children understand the difference between capital and lowercase letter usage, perhaps Senior Infants,  I’d pass the paint and let them at it 🙂

Paint Bag Spelling

Paint Doodles

Another way to practice spelling and not a pencil in sight 🙂

Squirt a very small amount of  Poster Paint into a  large zip-lock bag.

Seal the bag making sure there is no air trapped inside. (You might want to use insulating or duct tape to make it tamper-resistant from tiny hands!)

Smoosh the paint around the bag and get writing with your fingertip or a cotton bud.

Rub the paint around to erase your doodles.

Easy peasy, eh?

This games keeps for a very long time if you use a good quality, sturdy bag.

Pretty simple, cheap and lots of fun:).

Note: Toddlers would just love to to draw and doodle with this.Tape it to a flat surface using masking tape to keep it in place. It would also be a fun way to learn to write your own name.


Onset and Rime

One of the qualities of good spellers is that they look for and make connections.

An important strategy is knowing how to divide words into onset and rime.

What is onset and rime?

Let’s look at the words below:

  • ship
  • man

The onset is the initial consonant sound and the rime is the vowel and the rest of the syllable that follows.

Onset = the first consonant or blend in a word

  • sh in sh/ip
  • m in m/an

Rime = a vowel and the letters that come after it

  • ip” sh/ip
  • an” in m/an

Most spelling list that children learn are based on “word families”. This means that cat and rat are in the “at” family. The families are of course the rime part of the word.

Learning to spell this way allows children to see and hear patterns in words that allow them to get from familiar spellings to the unknown.

If you can spell “mat” and know that it is in the “at” family…

You can easily figure out how to spell “sat”.

You keep rime that you know, “at”, and change the onset to “s”.

Great, but do I explain this to my child?

Chunk it up!

Start by dividing the word into its syllables (you could draw a line down the word to show this).

Find the word family chunk at the end.

Together see how many other words you can make from the same keeping the same chunk/family eg. cat, rat, hat, fat…

Squirt that word !

Shaving Foam Words

An absolute favourite with my class and not as messy as it seems!

Squirt  a small amount of shaving foam onto your table or place mat.

Spread it around with your fingers.

Using a cotton bud or your finger get spelling .

How to play

  • call out words for your child to spell
  • write words for your child to read.

You will have a nice clean surface at the end as a  bonus!!