My Spelling Notebook
Snack: If you work on your spelling
a little every day, you'll become a very good speller, and everyone will think
you're very, very smart. What else is good to do, every day? Eat an apple, they
say! So have an apple for today's treat. Double up on apple taste by drinking
some apple juice with it.
A spiral notebook
Piece of plain white
cardstock or construction paper
Letter stamps and ink
pads | or letter stickers
or large letters cut
out of magazines or catalogs |
may need a glue stick
or rubber cement |
or colored markers
on your spelling helps you develop a good memory as well as building up your
communication skills. It's great to develop a habit of wanting to get words spelled
can make your very own spelling notebook, a great tool for helping you keep
track of words that are a little tricky to spell. Keep this notebook for years.
Add to it constantly. One day, you'll look back, see the hundreds of words in your
notebook that YOU know how to spell, and you can be PROUD!
people have a used spiral notebook around, so let's re-use one, or purchase a
new one if you'd like.
only the front, or right-hand, side of every page, because laying your arm over
the metal spiral ring when you write on the back hurts a little. It makes your
hand cramp and not form the letters very well. If you're left-handed, you may
choose to use only the left-hand side of every page instead.
idea is to use a notebook with a sewn-on binding. Then you can easily write on
front as well as back.
let's make your cover. Take a piece of plain cardstock or construction paper. Use
whatever art tools you'd like to decorate it with alphabet letters or other
designs. Don't spell out words; just scatter alphabet letters around on the
cover to symbolize how the letters have to come together in order to spell
might use rubber stamps for the letters, or stickers, or make a collage from
magazine cut-outs, or use colored markers to draw alphabet blocks . . .
whatever you'd like.
the title, "My Spelling Notebook" on the front. Add your name.
glue or rubber-cement that cover onto the cover of the notebook.
label the top of each page with an alphabet letter. You can count the pages in
your notebook, and if you have more than 52, you can reserve two pages for each
letter of the alphabet.
through your notebook, page by page, and write the alphabet letter on the very
top. So you'll have two pages with a big "A" on the top, followed by two pages
with a big "B" on top, and so on, all the way to "Z."
pages are going to get crowded quickly, but pages such as "x" are going to be a
little sparse. But that's OK!
comes the fun part! Whenever you encounter a word that is new to you, or hard
to spell, open your spelling notebook. Turn to the page that corresponds with
the first letter in the word. Write it down, printing carefully so that it's
very clear and plain.
might help you to separate the syllables in these difficult spelling words:
will help you sound out, and master, longer and more complex words.
may want to have three or even four columns of words on every page, so try not
to write too big.
here's a great way to use your spelling notebook to help you in school:
say you get your spelling test at school, and you've missed three out of 20.
That's not so bad! But those three words will trip you up, time and time again,
as you write later on this school year, if you don't master them now.
make sure to record those three words in your spelling notebook . . . and keep
it handy, in your room or study place.
you have a spare moment, open up your spelling notebook and review those words.
to add new words to it every week. Ask your parents and friends what words are
hard for them to spell, and add them to your notebook. When you come across an
unfamiliar word in a book, or perhaps in a song you hear, or one said by a
grandparent - however you encounter a word - write it down in your spelling
the end of this school year, shoot for having 500 new spelling words written
down - maybe many more. Don't cheat and put easy words that you already know.
will discover that your spelling has improved - because you took the time to