Effective Ways to Practice Spelling Words

The best way to learn to spell is repetition in a slow, deliberate and methodical process. Writing the words over and over helps with that process. We’ve created two sets of templates you can try out with your kids in preparation for their next spelling test.

Trace, copy and recall practice

Print out the below trace, copy and recall template. Note the dotted line. The intent is that you fold the page along that dotted line.

Trace copy and recall template for spelling practice

Write the spelling words for the week in the trace column. Fold the page down the dotted line. Now hand the sheet over to your child.

First, tell your child to read the first word aloud.

Second, have your child trace the spelling words written in the first column.

Then, have your child write the word again in the copy column.

Say the word out loud again.

Turn the page over and have your child write the word in the recall column. This time, your child cannot see the word from the two previous columns, so he/she will have to recall the spelling from memory.

Move onto the second word and repeat the process.

Spelling steps

In spelling steps, kids work on adding one letter at a time as they learn to spell each word. The below template has pages for 4-letter up to 10-letter words.

Spelling steps template for spelling practice

The intent is that the student keeps repeating the word for each new line.

For example, the word “read”.

You select the template for 4-letter words.

Your child writes down read in the spelling words list. 

Your child says the word “read” and enters the “r” on the first line.

Your child says the word “read” and enters the “r” and “e” on the second line.

Your child says the word “read” and enters the “r”, “e” and “a” on the second line.

Your child says the word “read” and enters the “r”, “e”, “a” and “d” on the second line.

There are several stair steps on each page for repetition, or for working on other same length words you need to practice for the week.