Hopelink: A Kinesthetic Approach to Spelling

Thanks to Hopelink Adult Education and LVA-Illinois

If a student has difficulty remembering how to spell words, using a kinesthetic (touch and movement) approach can help in the retention of spelling new words.

Materials

  • A list of words that your student has difficulty spelling.
  • A large sheet of paper.
  • A marking pen.

Suggestions

  • Write a word in large print (3” to 5” high) on the sheet of paper.
  • Ask the student to read the word.
  • Have the student spell the word on the card while tracing it with his index and middle finger.
  • Repeat this until the student thinks she or he knows how to spell the word.
  • Remove the card and have the student write the word.
  • If correct, have the student write the word three or more times.
  • If incorrect, have the student trace the word again and repeat the procedure.
  • Once the student becomes familiar with the above procedure, he/she can practice new words independently as homework.
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