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Wild and Crazy Words
|Grades||K – 3|
|Activity Time||20-60 minutes|
DC Metro, Maryland
Learning how to spell words should be exciting and meaningful for children. Whether it be names for younger children or sight words or spelling words for older children, learning to spell words can--and should--be done in multi-sensory ways so that children are more engaged and multiple senses are activated in the process. This activity can be done in variety of ways, depending on what materials are available, and it can be done repeatedly, as the words used can continue to change.
Learning how to spell words is an important and necessary part of learning how to read. Examining individual words closely and by “playing” with the letters of a single word gives children the chance to remember the spelling and to look at the word from different angles. Engaging in multi-sensory activities, or activities that involve as many senses as possible (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell) and allowing children the freedom to get a little creative or messy with the learning of words, can make the experience more meaningful and exciting.