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- Have the child write the letters/words in the air using big arm strokes and saying the letter sound. This trains the large muscles and provides muscle memory.
- Have the child write a word on your back or on your hand. See if you can figure out what the words is. Change places with your child and you write on the child and see is s/he can figure out the word.
- Practice writing the words in shaving cream. This gets tactile/kinesthetic senses involved.
- Use individual tiles and have the child move them around to spell words.
- Have the child make the letters of the word in clay and put the letters together to make a word.
- Teach the child word processing. This involves all the fingers not just the thumbs as in texting. The child needs to move his/her fingers to the correct letters and needs a mental image of the keyboard.
- For a whole-body experience, try “Spelling Cheer Leaders”. The letters a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, and z are made with the hands on hips. The letters b, d, f, h, k, l, and t are made by placing the hands in the air, and the letters g, j, p, q, and y are made by touching the ground. The child is told a word and spells it letter-by-letter using the motions to correspond to the letter. This adds large muscle movement to the practice.