Saturday, March 5, 2011


I think most of us are always trying to think of ways to help our kids in school and help them learn useful skills that will increase their test scores and grades.

I decided to try something new. Spelling and Vocabulary isn't exactly very fun but I decided I was going to put these words in a place that you can't miss!

I researched vocabulary words on the Internet that would be age appropriate for my kids. Since my kids are so close in age it actually works out really well since the words they are learning are very similar.

I think printed out these pictures on bright noticeable paper.

I gave them a definition and for words that don't sound anything like they look I also gave them a "sounds like".

When possible I try to give them an example in a sentence as well as synonyms.

I post the sheet on the refrigerator.

Think about it, how many times do our kids go to the refrigerator? A LOT!
I figure just from sheer repetition some of this has to sink into their absorbing brains!

I am keeping these sheets in a folder and switching out the words every 3-4 days. I will keep the words and just continue to rotate them in every now and then.

I often struggle with "mommy guilt" because I work outside the home and I often feel like I do not get to devote enough time helping them with expanding their minds even beyond the have-to homework assignments.

I would love to hear your ideas! Please share any fun activities you do to help your kids learn!


  1. That is such a great idea! I wish my mom would have done that while I was growing up. I don't have yet, but this is a such a neat idea to do with my kids! :)
    Great post!

  2. What a great idea!! I love it! My boys also use to practice their spelling words each week for their test. Love your idea!

  3. Shanna - that's a great idea. I may have to copy it, but my kids are younger so the words will definitely be easier. We like to have a science kit or two hand. During those long weeks of snow days (which I know you don't have), we pull out a kit and do an experiment a day. We also do that over the summer. The kids love it.