Category Archives: spelling

Teaching sounds spelled in a variety of ways

Grrrr! One of the frustrating aspects of English spelling is that similar or same sounds can be spelled in a variety of ways. On the other hand, the same spelling combination can make different sounds! This post will provide some … Continue reading

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Using word chunks to sound out words

Encourage your child, when she is learning to read, to watch for “mini words” or “chunks” she recognizes within words. It is a lot easier to sound out words in “chunks” than to sound out each letter individually. For example, it is easier … Continue reading

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Use Word Families for Reading and Spelling

Make lots of use of “word families” as you teach your child spelling and reading–and writing, too. As well as being a great way to learn to recognize various sound combinations, and to learn about rhyming, word families also are … Continue reading

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Learning Games

You can make learning a lot more fun for your children with learning games of all kinds–store-bought ones certainly, but lots that you can create yourself.  Here are some great ideas: Learning Games that use “reading” or “writing” There are … Continue reading

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Spelling tips

Today’s tips have to do with spelling. I’m in the midst of putting together a comprehensive spelling guide, especially useful for home spelling study, but here are some tips to get you started. And if you would like to print … Continue reading

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I’m back–and here are some sight word tips

It’s been a long time–but I’m back! And I’ll be posting regularly with lots of tutoring tips, writing tips, and editing tips. Many children have difficulty learning a lot of sight words–those most frequently used words we all need to … Continue reading

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