19 Hacks for Teaching Kids to Spell
Are you looking for hacks for teaching kids to spell? If so, keep reading.
1. Display a chart with a list of spelling rules so the learner can refer to it when finishing written tasks.
2. Give the learner a list of words that represent the spelling rules to keep at their desk for reference (e.g., “hoping” represents dropping the silent e when adding ing, “hopping” represents doubling the final consonant when adding ing, etc.).
3. Make the learner practice basic spelling rules daily.
4. Give the learner self-checking learning resources. Require the learner to make corrections before turning in tasks.
5. Acknowledge quality work (e.g., display the learner’s work, congratulate the learner, etc.).
6. Minimize distracting stimuli in the classroom when the learner is working on spelling and related learning activities (e.g., place the learner in a carrel or “office” space).
7. Get the learner to practice using spelling rules in words, sentences, etc., that are written every day.
8. Give the learner commercial or teacher-made games that give practice using spelling rules.
11. Teach the learner to use spelling rules to spell words correctly rather than simply memorizing the spelling of words for testing purposes (e.g., dropping the silent e when adding ing, etc.).
12. Make the learner use the dictionary to find the correct spelling of any words they cannot spell correctly. Place emphasis on spelling accurately.
13. Daily, examine those spelling skills that have been previously introduced.
14. Teach the learner why they are learning spelling rules (e.g., give the learner a concrete example of how each word can be used in their life).
15. Give the learner a list of spelling rules to keep at their desk. Make the learner refer to the rules when writing words, sentences, etc.
16. Daily, examine those spelling skills that have been previously introduced.
17. Utilize wall charts showing word endings (e.g., -ed, -ing, -ly, -er, etc.) and sample words for the learner to use as a reference when writing.
18. Make the learner orally explain how they spell words using spelling rules (e.g., “i before eexcept after c,” etc.).
19. Consider using one of the tools from of spelling apps list.