Inspired by something I had seen in Servery & Spoon, a fantastic cafe in East Malvern (credit where it’s due), I poured all the Scrabble letters into a big ceramic pot and placed it on the kitchen table. I asked my son to spell all the words he knows like mum and dad and his name. When he was finished I pulled out one of his favorite books — a book that he knows almost by heart. I got him to copy the words in the book using the scrabble letters! That simple! He is totally into this task and at the end of each few words he shows me and we read them together.
Now I can concentrate on getting dinner prepared (as I have relayed in previous posts, I do need to muster all the concentration I can), and…over the few weeks we have had this little ‘routine’ going, he has learned a gazillion new words — opening up a new world of spelling and reading for him and making me feel like the genius! Try it!