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Personal Spelling Dictionary

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.


From: Sweet Pea has been (relentlessly) asking us how to spell certain words.   My husband mentioned that one of his teachers had created a personal dictionary for each student and that we should try making one for Sweet Pea.


  • Any notebook with at least 27 pages of paper.
  • Pen.


  • On the first page, write the alphabet along the right hand side of the page so that each letter is on its own line.
  • Write the letter “A” on the top line of the first page.
  • Turn the page and write “B” on the second line of the second page.
  • It may help to slide the current page just slightly to the left, so you can easily see which line is directly below the current one.
  • Continue to write each letter of the alphabet on each subsequent line of the next page until you get to “Z”.
  • Show the personal dictionary to your child and explain that this is where you will write the words that he wants to know how to spell.  Demonstrate by writing down a commonly requested word or phrase.
  • Together with your child, select somewhere to keep the dictionary so he will always know where to find it.
  • When your child asks you to spell a word, ask them to bring you the dictionary and write the word in it.

Observations: Sweet Pea is very happy with her new dictionary and I’m very happy that I don’t have to keep writing the same word over and over on random pieces of scrap paper.


This isn’t exactly an activity, but Sweet Pea does enjoy bring us her dictionary to write down words.


This is a fantastic idea and has worked out really well for us.  I highly recommend it for for beginning readers /writers.

Rating: 3 Stars * (Easy, Independent, Frugal)  

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