4 Spelling Strategies to Try This Easter

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Difficulty with spelling is one of the most well-known and common signs of dyslexia. There are lots of multisensory strategies to help with spelling, here are 5 you can try this holidays:

 

Mnemonics

Mnemonics are little phrases or sentences that help you remember a sequence of letters.

E.g ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’ to remember North, South, East West.

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But they can also be used to remember tircky spellings like Sight Words!
Sight Words are words that appear frequently in most of the text we read, but can’t easily be sounded out.

 

You can make up your own mnemonics for these.
E.g ‘Does Oliver Eat Spaghetti?’

 

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It helps if the mnemonic starts with the words you want to spell.

Check out another example in our video:

 

Mispronouncing Words

This is one I still do for difficult words, sometimes harder, longer words are easier to spell if you mispronounce them. Split them into syllables then sound them out as they are spelt rather than sound

E.g: 

February – Feb-ru-ary

Bicycle – Bi -cycle 

Friend – Fri-end 

 

Or one of the best known ones….

 

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This is particularly useful for words with silent letters, like words beginning with K.

Here’s a list of words to try:

  • Knife
  • Know
  • Knitting
  • Knitwear
  • Knockoff
  • Knapsack

 

Understanding homophones

Homophones are two words that sound the same but are spelled differently. E.g your and you’re or their and there.

Once you know the spelling ‘rule’ you should always know which one to pick! Let’s look at ‘their’ and ‘there’:

Their: This is used when a thing belongs to someone

E.g  Their house, their idea, their elephant

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There: Something that is used when it is an action or instructions, walk over there, she’s over there etc.

E.g walk over there, she’s over there. 

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Look at some other homophones together and see what you can come up with!

 

Remembering how to spell words ending in EL

 
Words ending in LE, AL or EL often sound the same because their ending sounds are similar – like tickle, metal and travel.
 
If you’re not sure which one to use remember: 

LE is used 75% of the time so if you aren’t sure try this one first!

If the word doesn’t look right try AL

Still not sure? If you’re stuck between AL and EL there’s a trick you can use to help you work out which it’s most likely to be:

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EL is most commonly used after the letters M N R V W. If the letter before the EL or AL is one of these then use EL when spelling your word!
 

But how do you remember the letters? 

Remember that earlier strategy we discussed? Mnemonics? This is where that comes back into play, this time to remember the letters even though they don’t spell a word.

Most Nuns Run Very Well 

If you can remember this, then you can remember how to spell any word ending in EL! If the word, like ‘Travel’ has an M N R V or W right before the end sound just remember Most Nuns Run Very Well and you’ll know if you should use EL!

 

 

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