Physical activity is good for brain, feeding it Glucose & Oxygen all of which make easier for Children of all ages learn & memorize. This is a warm up I used for my second grade a couple years ago. Mr. Casey, the second grade teacher, was telling me that the class was having a difficult time with spelling in general. I started warming the class up with jumping rope while they individually spelled the spelling words as a warm up; and Mr. Casey began working on spelling in the classroom immediately follwoing physical education. I checked in with Mr. Casey each morning I taught the second grade, got the spelling words and then posted them on a PowerPoint slide or if we were outside, on a big white board. The second grade actually performed the best, on average, of any class Mr. Casey had in his years of teaching!
More Rhythm and Spelling activities from: http://www.momto2poshlildivas.com/2012/10/75-fun-ways-to-practice-and-learn.html
- Hula Hoop and spell words out loud.
- Hopscotch Spelling – Write letters outside in chalk or play indoors with large letter cards on floor. Hop from letter to letter to spell words.
- Bounce a Ball – bounce a ball as you spell words – 1 bounce per letter.
- Balloon Bop – keep a balloon up in the air while spelling your word. This one gets lots of giggles.
- Froggy Spelling – leap like a frog and spell words – 1 letter for each leap.
- Jumpin’ Jack – do jumping jacks as you spell words – 1 jump per letter
- Hop & Spell – hop on one foot as you spell words, this is a great exercise in balance especially with longer words.