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Spelling often "goes out the window" when students are trying to write
sentences and stories. If your child is continually asking you how to
spell words, or is misspelling words you're sure he knows, try having
him "say and write."
The student should say each sound as he writes it. This keeps him from guessing and being impulsive. It helps him think about all of the sounds in the word.
To be a good speller, you must be able to think about the sounds in the word and have a mental picture of what the word looks like.
Here is a fun strategy for visualizing how words look. Use this to
practice difficult spelling words. Break the word into parts if needed
and then put it back together and practice the whole word.
Look at the word.
Look up and visualize the word on a large imaginary screen slightly eye level. The letters should be large.
to each letter in the air and say the letter. Repeat 3 times to get a
clear image of the letters. (Draw the letters with two fingers if needed
in order to get a good image).
point to and say the letters in random order as fast as you can. (If
the student can do this rapidly, he is getting a good image of the
there are tricky letters that the student tends to miss or make
mistakes on, have him make those letters especially large, bright, or
colored in his image.