There are several ways of learning tricky spellings:
- Look, Cover, Write and Check. Look at the word to see which bit is tricky. Ask the child to try writing the word in the air saying the letters. Cover the word over and see if the child can write it correctly. Check to make sure.
- Mnemonics. The initial letter of each word in a saying gives the correct spelling of a word. For instance, ‘laugh’ – Laugh at Ugly Goat’s Hair.
- Using cursive (joined up) writing also improves spelling.
- Say it as it sounds. Say the word so that each sound is heard. For instance, the word ‘what’ is said w – hat.