Hey Village,

By now, you’ve gotten into the groove of school and have some sort of routine set up.  I bet you are rocking it out! Even though you’re doing an excellent job with your child, I wanted to send an email to assist you.

If your child is in grades K-3rd, he/she is probably receiving spelling words every week. Hopefully, they’re doing a great job.  But, for those of you who have children that are having a little trouble, I wanted to send effective spelling strategies to assist you.

Let’s face it, every child is not a spelling bee champ. I was that child in school that had trouble with spelling.  I would have to study the entire week so that I could pass my test.  I would often scowl at the girl that sat in front of me because she looked at her paper .5 seconds before the assessment and always made a 100.  How? If I had effective spelling strategies, I believe that I would have been able to pass my test without getting frustrated trying to memorize words only to forget them later on.

Hopefully, your child’s teacher sends home a spelling list that has a phonetic pattern. Spelling is more than memorizing words, writing them ten times, or using them in a sentence. Spelling is about understanding that words follow rules and when you understand those rules, spelling will become much easier.

Here are a few strategies to assist you when you’re working with your child:

  1. Look for “special sounds.” (bl, cl, fr, ee, ea, tr, ly, le, str, br, sh, ai) etc. Have the child circle the special sounds in the words.  This will help them decode the word when they are spelling it.  For example street –> /str/ /ee/ /t/
  2. Follow the rules.  A spelling list should follow the rules for the English language.  The teacher should have reviewed spelling rules for the list that week.  For example, i before e except after c. I love to use this page as a reference.
  3. Look for words within a word. For example, become—> (be)(come).
  4. Identify if a word is built with prefixes and suffixes —> (un)stable—-> un /st/ /a/ /b/ /le/
  5. Break the word into syllables —> midterm —>mid/term—> /m/ /i/ /d/ /t/ /er/ /m/

I hope this assists you.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at educatespeak@gmail.com.

If you have not done so, visit our TPT site to download our decodable books for young children.  It’s a great resource.  There are four books available in the series that are aligned to the Common Core Curriculum.  I will release book five in the next week.

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