How to Make Spelling Words Into a Song

Music is a superior educational tool. Many children learn the alphabet thanks in part to the classic alphabet song, set to the same melody as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." Whether you're teaching a spelling class or you are a parent whose child is having difficulty spelling certain words, try making spelling words into a familiar song for faster learning.


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      Make a list of commonly misspelled words that contain the same amount of letters. For example, list three-letter words such as "for" and "our."

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      Select a well-known children's song, such as "Mary Had A Little Lamb" or "Old MacDonald," with rhythmic phrases that accommodate the word lengths you wish to teach. For example, the "e-i-e-i-o" in "Old MacDonald" will accommodate five-letter words.

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      Change the words of the children's song to give instructions on how to spell the commonly misspelled words in your list, announcing the word first, then spelling it out. For example, if you wanted to teach the word "him" set to the melody of "London Bridge is Falling Down," you could sing: "Let's spell 'him' / here we go / h-i-m, h-i-m / Let's spell 'him' / here we go / You spell it h-i-m."

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      Change the word you want to teach with each new verse. For example, if you are teaching six-letter words, teach "friend" in the first verse and "little" in the second verse.

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      Repeat this process for commonly misspelled words of different lengths, using a different song for each. For example, teach five-letter words set to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O."

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