Multisensory Spelling Strategies that are Fun and Effective!

Studies from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development have shown that for children with difficulties learning to spell, a multisensory teaching method is the most effective way for these students to learn. Multisensory teaching means the teacher must tap into all learning modalities – see it (visual), feel it (tactile), hear it (auditory) and move with it (kinesthetic). Here are a few suggestions on how to make spelling lessons fun, creative, engaging with these multisensory spelling strategies.

Break Up Difficult Words into Chunks!

Watch our favorite teacher, Miss Renee use some multisyllabic word activities to practice spelling and breaking up difficult to read and spell words using movement.

Back Tracing

Pair up with another student and write words on each other’s back with a finger. Have the partner guess what the word is.

By establishing a sense of touch, your child can make the connection between each letter and form memories of these words as they are spelling it out.

Magic Carpet!

While sitting on a carpet, write down each word directly onto the carpet with two fingers.

If you have a pet, they will probably stare in wonder at this activity or join in on the fun!

The fuzzy sensation of touching a carpet produces a feeling of comfort which will help your child positively associate spelling with!


Play Spelling BINGO

Play Spelling BINGO!   Watch our favorite teacher Miss Renee demonstrate:

Jump Rope!

Pair up with another student and take turns jumping rope while spelling the words out loud.

Doing a demanding physical activity such as jump rope will not only improve your child’s multi-tasking abilities but also improve their ability to recall from memory faster.

Neon Colors!

Using gel pens, have your child draw a picture on a piece of black paper. Then have your child write all their spelling words around the perimeter of the picture.  

This is what I like to call a Spelling Picture. Using the neon gel pens and black paper just makes it a bit more exciting, but you can also create a spelling picture with plain white paper and crayons if you want.

Letter Tiles

Spell the words using magnetic letters or letter tiles.

Have the letter tiles in alphabetical order on a desktop. Dictate a spelling word to your child. Have the child repeat the word and then bring down each letter in the word to build the word in front of them.  

Letter tiles are really helpful in building lasting memories to help make those difficult words really “stick.” Once the letters line up to complete the word, there will be an “Aha!” moment for your child that is rewarding for the both of you! The visual representation of bringing letters together will help your child cognitively break down spelling  that will overall strengthen their reading, writing, and comprehension. 

I Have a Resource for You!

Thank you for reading my post today, I hope that you will be able to use some of these multisensory spelling strategies.    You might also enjoy reading my previous posts:

How to Teach Spelling Words

My Favorite Sight Word Activities


Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program.  The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.

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Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com
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