We are well into another school year. It’s taken awhile but, my youngest is settled in to the school routine. I’m free to start writing again. I thought I would start out by sharing activities that every family could use afterschool and when homeschooling.
I’m talking about spelling of course!
Kids have been sent home with a spelling word list to memorize for as long as I can remember.
My kids have always had a weekly spelling list to learn, too.
AND no matter how much common core or the teaching styles of a homeschool change, I think its safe to say the ‘Spelling List’ has withstood the test of time.
For those of you on the search to extend the also ever coming “Write your words 10 times each” activity (raising hand)..This is for US.
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This week my son has been studying SPIDERS. All week I will be posting fun activities that we have used and will be doing afterschool!
The first of each week he has a new spelling list sent home from school. I’m always on the hunt for new ways to practice spelling and occasionally I come up with an idea of my own. See here what we did?!
To do this spelling craft you will need..
A large piece of poster board
Several sizes of circular containers ( I used 2 glasses, a plate, and a medium Tupperware bowl)
washable finger paint
pencil or gray maker for the color of the web
juice bottle lids
googly eyes for the spider optional
paint brush is instead of marker for the spider legs is optional but can add fine motor practice!!
paint for the spider bodies
Make a simple spider web design on the poster board by drawing a cross in the center. Second, draw an “X” to make a pizza cutting pattern. I used a pencil just in case I needed to erase then went over it with gray marker.
Start tracing the outer edge of your smallest container first. Draw a portion of a circle from one of the pizza cut design lines to the next.
Keep drawing the curves using the container and at an angle so that your web continues to circle around. You will reach a point when you need to use a larger container to trace because the smaller one no longer touches from one line to the next.
When you have finished circling the web like a spider does! use your juice bottle cap to make circles randomly around the web. Make a circle for each letter of every spelling word your child needs to spell. To give you an idea of how may circles will fit on the web: I made 20 or so spider circles and a few extra for mistakes.
Now the FUN part!! Let your child use juice bottle caps dipped in paint to spell their spelling words! My son first wrote the words (like he would for a spelling test) then he stamp painted them.
After the spiders dried a bit, I showed him how to paint legs. You can use a marker for another look like we did here. He also used a paint brush. Sneeking in fine motor work where I can.
If you need a few more sensory centered spelling activities here is my goto list for the week: