Spelling Hints Part 5 – Sign Language

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Yet another great hint from a mom... "What we did is looked up the general sign language picture list on the internet and I had my daughter spell the words with sign language and saying the letter as she did... the process of looking for the letter, making the letter with her hand, and saying it set the words in her head. The day of the test I told her to use the camera in her head to look at how she shaped the letters with her hand. We did this in the kitchen as I was making dinner on Mondays ( the day she got the list and practiced all week when we had the chance) She missed 2 to 0 words … [Read more...]

Spelling Hints Part 4 – The Dyslexic Speller

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The mother of a child with ADHD and dyslexia writes: "I must admit that I am often in awe of the inventive variety of ways my 9 year old inattentive dyslexic son chooses to construct the words he uses to express himself in writing. In an odd way it seems to be a bit of an art form. What kind of spelling are you asking about? Most people think there is only one kind of spelling but for my dyslexic son spelling comes in three flavors. For him, spelling a word verbally, spelling a word on a test (in a list) and spelling that same word in a sentence or story are three separate events. Being … [Read more...]

Spelling Hints Part 3 – Routines

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A mom wrote to me about the routines she established to help her daughter study spelling: On Spelling, for my daughter, with poor speech and auditory issues, here's our method, for stress free, no tears spelling, started around first grade, now in fourth: Monday: We look at and READ the words out loud a couple of times. If they are harder, I will read and she will repeat. No testing on this day, Tuesday: She does some of her spelling workbook pages, and we look at and READ the words again, maybe do an oral test if she has mastered reading them. Wednesday: Finish spelling workbook, … [Read more...]

Spelling Hints Part 2 – for Kids with Auditory Processing Disorders

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A mom who has a child with Auditory Processing Disorders along with other "quirks", wrote, "Some kids have visual sequential memory problems. (They) can, on the other hand, find the correct spelling of a word in a list of incorrectly spelled words. Children can be tested for this and other spelling issues as well. And kids who have APD have the added problem of not processing information they hear correctly. The child may hear well enough, but not process the word as he hears it. (My son) still says "word" as worde - long o, for example. While this issue of his used to make my skin crawl, I … [Read more...]

Spelling Hints Part 1

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For the next few days, I'll have a series of blog posts on Spelling Hints. Get out index cards - the larger the better - and colored wide tip markers. Write one word on each card, but divide the word into syllables, and use a different color for each syllable. Use large letters: ho li day taste trai ler Show your child each card, and tell her, "Make a picture of this card in your brain. Keep looking at it until you can see it in your head without looking." When she says that she can 'see' it, then take the card away. Ask her to close her eyes and get the picture of the word bright and … [Read more...]

Demonic Mnemonics

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Sometimes the small things make all the difference. Like in memorization. My first introduction to the word Mnemonic came with the disclaimer that it was a 'demon' to pronounce. I never forgot that word. Nor will I ever forget the following devices, that I hope will help your child, too. The place values in the metric system: King Henry Doesn't Usually Drink Chocolate Milk or King Henry Died By Drinking Chocolate Milk Kilo Hecto Deka Unit (or Base) Deci Centi Milli Order of Operations: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally Parentheses (and other symbols of inclusion); Exponents; … [Read more...]