My kids begin their spelling curriculum in Kindergarten and have a new book every year. Sometimes it can get a little monotonous doing the same thing every week and I don’t always have the time to come up with amazingly creative assignments for them to practice their words with. So, spelling is just one of those subjects that we do, but not necessarily get really excited about always. But I will say, that all my kids are GREAT spellers and actually enjoy their spelling curriculum and lessons.
Each week they complete the lesson in their spelling book, write their words 5 times each each (we use this as penmanship practice as well), and either write the definition or put the word in a sentence, depending on what has been assigned for that week. Last year, David began linking all of his sentences together and making a “story” that would usually keep us all in stitches and involved characters that we all came to know . . . “Sherlock Holmes” and “Barb” (a 90 year old woman who always foiled Holmes.) Well, this year, I decided to actually assign a “spelling word story” every few weeks for everyone and I have gotten some fun ones. Here are two of them:
Jett is a juvenile who’s life goal is to become an opulent architect, but whose name remains anonymous. He enjoys walking about incognito around his school and engaging random kids in conversations on theology and aeronautics. His father has an exorbitant amount of enthusiasm when it comes to discussing the negligence of our country’s democracy, and Jett takes after his father. The street that Jett lives on runs parallel with a street that sports an archaic biological institution where Jett likes to hang out when he’s not taking care of his mother who has a chronic disease, and suffers from paralysis.
The strange figure darted this way and that beneath the foliage of Poison Forest. Chalkar, head of Personal Investigations, was busy at work using his prized calculator to find out the mysterious man’s identity. Meanwhile the figure was drawing a diagram for his next mission. He would start a rebellion among the cities around the nuclear plant. Then he would himself steal precious nuclear material for his Perfect Project. So, Mysterious Man sent fake salary deductions to people all around the plant. After that was complete, he snuck up to the base with a minimum of noise. Mysterious Man used a piece of metal shaped like a trapezoid to pick the small door lock and the big door lock. As the guard neared, Mysterious Man flattened himself into a gray vertical wall. The Mysterious Man had recorded the frequency of the guards in a notebook and used this info to skip past and infiltrate the storage room. Using the statistics in his notebook he figured out what he needed and gathered it together. As Mysterious Man stepped out he tripped an alarm which blazed over the base alerting the aerial helicopters to keep an eye out for intruders. Running out, Mysterious Man bashed into a guard patrol who began jabbering in a strange dialect at him while pointing their guns at him. Mysterious Man simply pulled out rocket boots – one of his inventions - turned them up to a specific speed and got out at the speed of light . . . with a slight concussion. Once back at his own base, Mysterious Man realized how crucial it was to complete the Perfect Project.
These can be very silly, and I usually overlook some content errors, but I think it is one way to get their enthusiasm notched up a bit, as well as to stimulate those brain cells in being creative and using new vocabulary words in a coherent way. We sometimes will enjoy hearing these around the dinner table and it has become a fun and enjoyable experience for all of us. It is fun to see how each story is so characteristic of it’s author and we enjoy celebrating the differences among our children.