I am always looking for creative ways to “do” school, or for my kids to practice what they have learned. Sometimes we head over to the park, and even if we don’t sit down on the grass to do workbooks we will talk about what we are learning in our lessons. It’s a very casual yet natural approach to getting their minds to digest their school material. Other times we play games like math bingo, or memory with our geometry symbols, or make a map puzzle to help with geography.
Spelling practice has always been pretty uneventful around here. We do love the workbooks we are using, but I really wanted to add a fun element to our spelling lessons.
I think i’ve found our new favorite way to practice spelling: HangMan!
I loved this game when I was a kid! It’s truly one of those games where you don’t realize you are practicing what you learn or know, while having fun. I really like that it also teaches them game strategy and to tap into what they have learned about spelling and letter combination sounds.
We played a few rounds, my oldest took over at one point.
I could NOT figure out what that word was! My little stick guy had shoes, hair, pants, and a shirt before I got it! I remember loving this game as a kid, but I don’t remember being this horrible at it! haha!
With my four year old, it’s helpful too. She doesn’t know how to spell many words, and most of them consist of the same letters – but while playing this game she learned a few more letters and how to make them.
Here is how we play:
Draw the (what is that called? a hook?).. ummm, this thing:
Make a line for each letter of the word.
As they guess, add in the letters. For each letter they get wrong write it up top somewhere so they know they have already tried that letter and add a body part to the HangMan.
You can go all out – hair, eyes, clothes, gloves, shoes, shoe laces, hat…anything. I get sill with mine and add hats and glasses. Makes it so much fun!
I had a little fun with them and picked supercalifragilisticexpialidocious :o) .