Whether you're a homeschooling parent or simply looking to provide your child with extra spelling practice, consider incorporating a spelling contract into your lesson plans. They're a great way to keep them accountable and on track with their learning objectives.
If you're like many parents, the idea of a spelling contract may seem perplexing. However, spelling contracts can be valuable tools to help motivate children to practice their spelling words. A spelling contract gives your child a sense of independence by letting him or her make decisions about how to study.
Spelling contracts encourage children to commit to a certain amount of study time, but they feature a variety of activities that students can choose to complete. For example:
Offering choices in this manner helps reluctant students learn to take responsibility for their academic success. Offer a new spelling contract each month with a mix of repeated and new activities.
The downloadable and printable PDF template below can be used as a starting point for your own spelling contract. Many of the fields in the PDF can be edited and customized to suit your needs, including the number of points you'd like to set as the monthly goal.
A couple example activities have been added in each point category; you can replace these with your own, as well as add more activities to complete the list.
Download the PDF document to your computer by clicking on the link below, and then open it using Adobe Reader. For additional help and instructions, refer to this guide for Adobe printables.
Many spelling contracts are designed such that the student must earn a set number of points each month. Some activities are worth more points than others. For instance, you might require a total of 100 points in the month; some activities may be worth five points, whereas others may be worth 10 points. Another way to organize the contract is by requiring students to complete a certain number of activities in each column. You may have one column that's focused on writing, another on reading, and a third with games or skills.
The complexity of the tasks will understandably vary by grade.
There are many different educational websites offering spelling contracts, as well as advice about ways to teach spelling and how you can help your child practice his or her spelling words.
English can be a tricky language at the best of times, since there are exceptions to practically every rule. To help students further improve their spelling, be sure to check out the 100 most often misspelled words in English. Taking some time to build your own spelling word lists based on curriculum is a great idea too.