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Spelling Memorization Tips

The other day I read an article in which the author said allowing children to just spell “the way it sounds” to them will work out just fine. The children’s spelling, she assured her readers, will gradually become more and more … Continue reading

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Copy work

Copy work: Have you tried having your child “copy” from well-written materials? Even if the material contains some words that may seem too advanced, the child will be learning to spell correctly, handwrite neatly (manuscript or cursive), use correct punctuation, … Continue reading

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Speech Issues

Speech Issues and Spelling: Do you notice that your child sometimes makes the same spelling error in many words? For example, for words with “th” your child may spell with an “f.” Or some children may leave out certain sounds, … Continue reading

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Blends and Digraphs

What, you may wonder, is the difference between “blends” and “digraphs”? Blends are certain combinations of two or more consonant letters that appear at the beginning or the end of words and together create specific sounds. In blends, you can hear … Continue reading

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Teaching Word Endings

  Simple words to complex words with added  endings: Some children have difficulty extending their reading from a simple word, to its more complex forms, such as adding -ing or -ed, changing tenses, and adding prefixes or suffixes. Simply list … Continue reading

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Creative Memory Tricks for Sounds & Letters

Use creative memory tricks–and have your child help you think them up. He will remember a lot better if the trick is his own! Here are a few tricks some of my students have come up with, or we have … Continue reading

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Long Vowel Sound Tips

      “Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!” Or is that “e – i – e – i – o”? Long sounds or short sounds? Vowels can be so confusing–especially the long vowel sounds! One of the difficulties with “long vowel sounds” … Continue reading

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