Teaching My “Out Of the Box” Kid Spelling

This year’s spelling lessons have been a bear for my son.  The words are longer with combined sounds that he tends to forget when spelling: ea, ay, ou, oo, ch, ect.  Trying to come up with fun and active games to help him remember has been the challenge.  He started to hold up a finger for each letter of the word to help him remember.  As I watched him coming up with his own help aid I wondered how I could make it more usable and relevent to spelling?  Then it just hit me: Sign Language.  Why I didn’t think about this before?  If I taught him the alphabet then that could help fulfill the kinetic part of his learning.  So as of this week spelling is being reduced to more simple words that he knows so that we can focus on signing the alphabet.  I will update you at the end of the year.


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