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Some children can spell naturally and there are others that need help. English spelling is often hard and is very difficult to remediate. If spelling doesn’t come naturally to your child you’ll need to give him/her as much help as possible, this help includes teaching them some spelling strategies.

Phonetic Spelling Strategies

Let your child listen to each individual sound in a word. Each sound is represented by a single letter or a blend e.g.

Hundreds of words can be written correctly using this phonetic strategy. Let your child break up spelling words into individual sounds.

Same Sound Different Letters Strategy

Spelling is hard, that is why it is important that a child learn to recognise that there are often different spellings/blends for the same sound e.g. the long Vowel A can be represented by the letter A, a with magic e, ai, ay to list a few. Knowing the different letters that make the same sound comes in handy. This strategy helps with the next strategy

Visual Spelling Strategy

Ask your child to look at the word that they have spelt. Does it look right? Let your child experiment at trying to spell a word in different ways using the different spelling sounds that they know, very often when they see a word they can identify if it has been spelt correctly eg. SNAKE has 3 sounds, let’s see which A sound it could be

Try some of these strategies at home. Spelling is not simply learned by writing lists of words. For spelling to be retained, for more than just the week, the word needs to be understood (vocabulary) analysed and sounded out or broken up!

Sandy Leicher
Remedial Therapist