Thursday, November 3, 2011

Twin Power

Ehren has been having a little trouble with spelling. He is not appreciating words like "appreciate" and "granddaughter" and some other stumpers. What? It's not spelled "dotter"? Oh, that's Swedish? Shoot, right spelling, wrong country. Anyway, he failed two tests, so obviously, the old "Here's your spelling list. Now study it." technique was not working. Time to step it up a notch.

Enter twin power. Tonight I printed out this week's spelling list, cut out the words, folded them in half and put them in a bowl. One brother drew a word and read it aloud. The other had to spell it. Back and forth they went. When you spelled the word correctly, it went in your pile. If not, it went back in the bowl. There were 17 words, so when the bowl was empty, there could be no tie. The speller with the most words in his pile got a piece of Halloween candy. They loved testing each other! There was no complaining, and they didn't want to quit. I really think they know their words this week. Tomorrow is the last test of the quarter. We're shooting for perfect, but a plain ol' "A" will do just fine thanks.


  1. Awesome idea Gretchen! Crossing fingers for the A!

  2. What a sweet post...thanks for sharing. Must have been really cute to see them testing one another. Thanks for the idea!