Easy Multi-Sensory Spelling Strategy for Elementary Students

by | Miscellaneous, Parents, Teachers


Looking for a strategy to improve spelling skills? 

Is it a struggle to get your learner to sit and study his weekly spelling words?

I know it is for me. Yep, even The LD Coach has a hard time getting her little Miss Aubrey to sit and focus. She has ants in her paints and no time to sit and look at a boring piece of paper to study her weekly spelling words.

Aubrey, like many kids, learn best when she is able to engage more than one sense at a time. She Loooooovvvesss movement and touch. (What kid doesn’t, right?)

Multisensory teaching is the term used to describe the teaching method of engaging as many of a child’s senses (taste, smell, touch, sight, hearing and movement) as possible at one time. Now, you can’t always engage every one of the senses at the same time, but the more the better.

So, if our children learn better this way, they should study this way too, right!?

The following multi sensory spelling strategy has made spelling practice fun for Aubrey and less of a headache for me. If you use this with your learner, you might get better results too.


Silly Voice Spelling 

First: Come up with several action words and/or emotion words your child will enjoy acting out. You might find it helpful to write these on index cards.

Next: Have a list of your child’s spelling words handy.

Finally: Initially, when your child is learning to spelling the word(s), write each spelling word on an index card. Hold up the the      spelling word and telling your child, “Your silly voice word is “surprised” and your spelling word is “house.” Your child                          will then proceed to spelling the spelling word, while looking at it, with a surprised voice. Once they mastered the spelling                    you can remove the use of the index card and have them use their memory to spell the word.

Here is Miss Aubrey in action:


This multi sensory spelling strategy for elementary students can be used for older learners as well. It all depends on how you introduce it.

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