Start by using your child's writing. We find that for many
children learning to spell through actual writing is much
more effective than the traditional word lists and test method
used in most classrooms today.
Go through your child's writing and circle all his spelling
mistakes. These misspelled words will be used for the spelling
exercises to follow.
Print out the spelling
correction worksheet. Use the worksheet to help
your child correct her spelling. You will need to either tell
him how to spell the word correctly or have her look it up
in a dictionary. For very poor spellers it will be easiest
to write down the correct spelling for them.
Using the worksheet as a guide, help your child fill in the
blanks with the spelling pattern and pronunciation used in
his misspelled words. (Examples: Your child spells nation
NASHUN. Your spelling pattern would be TION and your pronunciation
would be "SHUN". Words using the same spelling pattern
would be definition, vacation.) You will want to make sure
that he circles the spelling pattern. In the beginning you
will need to help her, but eventually she should be able to
complete these worksheets unassisted.
Print out our spelling
rules here. If there is a spelling rule that
applies to your child's misspelled word have her write the
rule down on the spot that asks about spelling rules.
Creating a spelling notebook. Print out the sheets for your
here. On the top of the spelling notebook pages
you will see "spelling pattern" and "pronunciation".
In the spelling pattern spot have your child write down the
spelling pattern from the spelling correction worksheet. On
the pronunciation spot have him write down how to pronounce
that pattern. (Example: spelling pattern - tion, pronunciation
Have your child keep the spelling notebook sheets in a binder.
She will keep the sheets from previous days works and add
to them as new words are found with the same spelling pattern.
He will create new spelling notebook sheets for each new pattern.
You will want to keep the pages alphabetized for easier organization.
This serves two purposes - one, helping your child learn the
different spelling patterns and two, it provides a quick resource
for her to look up her problem spelling words.
Bee checkup - This will help reinforce what your child is
learning. Have your child take his misspelled words (spelled
correctly) and write them on small sheets of paper to put
in a spelling bee box. Use any cardboard box or container.
Then at the end of the week, or daily if preferred, pull slips
from the spelling bee box to quiz them on spelling. If you
have more than one child you can have them all share the box
and have a spelling bee that way. This works excellent for
classroom activities as well.