Fortunately, we're born with some natural skills that help with spelling. One of the key ones is called Visual Memory.
For some, however, that skill doesn't fully develop in the memory system, and so a little help is needed to be able to 'see it.'
The exercise below will help anyone improve with memorizing spelling words, and it will also begin to aid in developing a better visual memory.
Struggles With Spelling Words
When a student has weak visual memory, remembering math facts, the exact spelling of words, what homework was assigned, or even what was just read, can lead to daily frustrations and poor grades.
Being able to spell properly affects reading and writing, so here is one method to begin training the visual memory system to see and remember what words look like.
Learning to SEE The Words
For this activity, you'll need:
Lined paper, pencils, a black or dark blue dry-erase marker, and either a hand-held white board or a piece of plain white paper in a page protector.
1. Begin by folding a sheet of the lined paper in half lengthwise. This will create four separate panels, two on the back and two on the front. Now you have room to write your words four separate times, but don't write them yet.
2. You (the parent) write their first spelling word on the white board or on the sheet protector using the dry erase marker.
3. Show your child the word you've written and talk about it using questions, such as: