15 USEFUL TIPS TO HELP WITH SPELLING

  1. Encourage your child to check through their work carefully especially after finishing a sentence and underline any words they think they couldn’t spell.
  2. If you are checking their work, circle the incorrect spelling and let them self correct.
  3. Copy out the letters they got correct and leave gaps for them to fill in the letters e.g. ahe_d.
  4. If your child is unsure ask your child to write it out and question, ‘does it look right’, seek other possibilities and then choose the best one.
  5. Encourage your child to split words into syllables or phonemes e.g. to/mor/row. A phoneme is a sound segment of words or syllables.
  6. Looking for words within words this is the compound word strategy and is very useful.
  7. Learn as many spelling rules as possible e.g. double the last letter before adding _ed.
  8. Work with your child to recognise phonic families e.g. _ight, _one. If the word belongs to a phonic family, list a a few and get them to add more. Tell them some more if required but encourage them to think of rhyming ones
  9. Look out for changes in spelling when words turn into plurals e.g. baby- babies.
  10. Have some fun with your child’s spelling try and Play Scrabble, hangman, do word searches, anagrams and crosswords as much as possible.
  11. Encourage the use of a good spelling dictionary, e.g. Oxford– Spell it Yourself G.T Hawker.
  12. Be careful and aware of silent letters such as Knee, Write.
  13. Encourage your child to keep a personal dictionary of all the difficult words they come across.
  14. Write the word with correct spelling at the bottom of their page and use the Look, Cover, write Check Say Method, 3 times and then get them to re write it into their page.
  15. Encourage your child to read a minimum of 20 minutes each night reading everything they can; magazines of interest, books, cereal packets for competitions and children’s newspapers.