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Excellent practical guide on improving spelling
on 7 January 2013
This is not a book about spelling rules but a straightforward, practical, concise look at how to learn and remember spelling using spelling strategies. These are all excellent techniques used by literacy teachers, and should be taught to and used by everyone. Even if our spelling is good we can still use some of the memory tricks and word breakdown for those difficult words we can never seem to remember.
She's broken the book down into four chapters.
A The Basics of Spelling - she explains different ways to help remember and learn spelling, incl: syllable breakdown, using all the senses, using memory tricks, words within words, seeing the shape of words.
B Breaking up Words - using syllable breakdown to help remember long words and how words are built using prefixes and suffixes, more memory tricks and a table of common word families/letter patterns.
C The Four-Week Routine - using the Look Say Cover Write and other methods above to help learn and remember key words for you.
D Things You Should Know About Spelling - difficult homophones (same sound but different spelling and meaning), importance of handwriting, phonics, proofreading and dyslexia.
Also included is a table of common letter patterns/word families, and also a brief history of how English spelling developed which is a great way to learn and improve spelling - try the ebook: The Reasons Why English Spelling is so Weird and Wonderful by Joanne Rudling.
Her methods are great for dyslexics "if you get it right for dyslexics you get it right for everyone else"
Also try A Useful Spelling Handbook For Adults by Catherine Taylor