Children learn spelling faster when they can relate a word to themselves. I try to use every occasion as a teaching opportunity. 6-year-old Chloe came with bruises this morning, so I seized the moment to introduce the word “bruise” to her and at the same time, learn the spelling of the word.
Chloe has several bruises on her body today. So parts of her body are black and blue. How did she get them?
She fell down yesterday, she said. So, she now has three bruises, b- r- u- i- s- e- s on her body. One is near her right elbow and two are on her left leg.
Bruise. B- r- u- i- s- e, bruise. B- r- u- i- s- e reads bruise.
Are they painful? “You bet!,” said she. “The big hard bruise on the left leg is very painful!”
“Let’s massage it,” her teacher said.
“Ouch! Ouch!” cried Chloe. “That’s painful, Teacher!”
“Do you know how else we get a bruise, b- r- u- i- s- e?” Teacher asked.
“No,” Chloe answered. “Please tell me, Teacher!”
“If somebody pinches you hard, you get a bruise, b- r- u- i- s- e. If someone hits you hard or punches you, you get a bruise, b- r- u- i- s- e. If you bump against the door or any hard surface, you get a bruise, b- r- u- i- s- e,” Teacher explained.
“I don’t like getting a bruise, b- r- u- i- s- e!” Chloe said.