No, we’ve not kidnapped any vocabulary words, but Sprite did use the stereotypical style of a ransom note to create some language arts notebooking pages.
In our spelling lessons, there were a few words that Sprite kept misspelling over and over. When that happens, I know to stop repeating the same teaching methods and instead choose something different.
We had a stack of Sunday newspaper sale flyers which had colorful letters, perfect spelling out those troublesome words. I had her spell the root words so that this could be both a spelling lesson and a vocabulary lesson.
After the cutting and taping was done, we talked about other words that these three root words form. As she added those words with suffixes and prefixes, I asked her questions about the spelling, trying to draw the spelling rules out of her (drop the -e and add -able, for example).
I also asked her to highlight the added parts, the suffixes and prefixes, so she could see the root words clearly and note their spellings.
They do make for some colorful notebooking pages. We’ll see on her next spelling quiz if this method worked.