Feb
13
2010

How To Memorize Spelling Words

 

 Tips To Help Memorize Spelling Words:

  1.    Look at the word.
  2.   Write the word on an index card.
  3.   Say the word aloud.
  4.   Spell the word aloud.
  5.   Write the word five times.
  6.   Double check your spelling.
  7.   Write the word in a sentence.
  •   Be sure to take a pretest before you take the real test!
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    • I used to sit down with my kids and follow all of these steps, and it worked. They are great spellers. But I’ve been asked to review a new program called spellquizzer and although I haven’t written the review yet, it is a great way to help your children improve their spelling and do well on spelling tests, and it’s really easy to learn! There’s a free 30 day trial, too. You can see how it works and sign up for freebie at http://www.spellquizzer.com My review, though, will be posted in 24 hours. Actually, this program supports the very steps you’ve created, but it allows the parent’s voice to coach their child, make up fun, entertaining, and personalized sentences using the word, while it coaches. So, even if you’re out of town, your voice can still help your child study.

    • A great site to use to help your students learn their spelling words is http://www.spellingcity.com. This site offers free games, printables, and resources to motivate your students to learn their spelling words.

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    • For years I have struggled with getting my kid to memorize the 20 spelling words for the week for the Friday test. Kid was diagnosed with ADHC the inattentive kind – which means she is very forgetful.
      She is in the 4th grade now, and maybe because she has gotten better at reading and is older this was effective (but maybe it will also work for younger kids). This is how I started doing it:
      - the twenty words usually are based on a phonetic sounds (Long U, Long I…)
      - the words are usually grouped into 3 – 5 patterns (eg if U sound: ui, oo, u, u_e, ew)
      - Using the example above, I would draw a silly stick picture for each of the group, so that for example if the first group had the words excuse, confuse, huge, flute – my daughter would look at the picture and I would explain ‘see, his excuse for being confuse(d) was because a huge flute fell on his head’ the picture would have this boy with + sign for eyes, and lots of stars and question marks on his head and it looks like a huge flute just bounced off his head.
      - Then I draw another silly picture for the next group and construct a sentence from it using the spelling words for that group.
      - Then for the last group I tell the kid, whatever words are not in the pictures are in this last group ^____^

      What makes this work is that my daughter remembers the groupings and she has a very good photographic memory. She can also spell by sound, its just these darn tricky blends and ‘not spelled as it sounds’ that trips her up.

      Before this we both struggled with remembering each of her spelling words, I had to read the words to her off of a list every time I test her cause I forget them myself. This way, I don’t even have to tell her the words I just go , ‘OK write down all the words from what you remember from the first picture.’ Then the next picture, then the last group (usually the harder one, we work on longer, or we also make a picture of if we can).
      So she writes all the words without help from me – I was amazed! I only have to verify silly mistakes but it is so much faster now. I also remember all the words without the list so I know it worked for me for sure.

      Long term wise, not sure how long it will stick but she does well on tests. She usually forgets even wit the traditional way, but maybe it might even stick longer this way because the pictures stay in her mind.

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