A lot of discussion over the past few years about how effective weekly spelling tests are – many educators are leaning towards the idea that they are ineffective. We often find that actual spelling can be assessed through the child’s written work – writing a story etc.
Ideally, all children have their own individualised spellings to work on. With advancements in digital technology, hopefully we will move towards that and there are some exciting new programmes that schools are taking on which allow for this.
You might be familiar with the Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check method of learning spellings – this is one approach that can be effective. However it is important to learn spelling based on spellingrules too – eg phonics, suffixes, prefixes, roots as the student can apply most of these rules to other words and attempt them.
There may still be words that are challenging and the above are some different ideas to help embed the spelling with the child, especially for spellings that are irregular and sit outside the spelling rules. The above ideas are multi-sensory which helps to embed in long term memory – pictures, colours (visual), handwriting (kinaesthetic).
Remember, you don’t need to apply these ideas for all spellings, just the challenging ones.