Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fourth grade language arts: Spelling can be fun!

Fourth grade language arts: Spelling can be fun!

By fourth grade you and your child have probably gotten a routine down to help with spelling. The words get harder in fourth grade, of course. Depending on your curriculum, spelling can either be a separate subject, or be considered part of language arts, along with vocabulary. I haven’t spoken much about games to this point, but here is the place where I tell you that making things fun makes things easier. At our house we have always had a little bit of trouble with spelling, and in fourth grade it became very evident. We had lots of tears and lots of fights. I began to seriously consider that my child had some learning disability associated with spelling. Then a fellow homeschooler asked if I let my daughter play games to spell. I let her play games for math, but with spelling I just never considered it. We began to play games with the spelling words online. It eased the tension associated with spelling, and as the tension eased, so did the block that had been in our path. I won’t tell you that spelling became easy, but it did become doable. Playing spelling games has just further confirmed to me that the more fun learning is the more successful it will be.

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