What About Spelling?
Many students who struggle with academics are poor spellers. Our language does not help these students, either, because our rules are so inconsistent. Memorizing spelling lists is usually a complete waste of time for these students, as when they attempt using these words in writing (life skills), they can no longer remember how to spell them.
Many things come into play for a student to be a good speller. First and foremost, the student must have strong visual and auditory memory skills. When your child attends Harp Learning Institute, rest assured that a great portion of his/her session is spent on these crucial memory building skills that will eventually translate to better spelling skills.
Have the student write each spelling word in salt, pudding, shaving cream or another gooey substance – no more than three times.
The student can spell the words out of clay to provide a 3-D addition.
Have the student color code the words with two different colored pencils. For instance, all of the consonants can be one color and all of the vowels another. Syllables can be broken into two colors as well.
Write the spelling word in large colored letters. Have the student spell the word both forward and backward from memory.
Once the student knows the spelling word, immediately have him/her transfer it into an age appropriate writing activity, even if you have to say the sentence and he/she writes it.
Don’t try to do twenty words at one setting. Talk to your child’s teacher if he/she is unable to keep up and get the list lowered. Failing twenty words is not beneficial to anyone, but learning and knowing five a week will add up.