i don't homeschool, but i do try to spend a few hours on weekends working with my son on spelling.
he has an awful time with vowels. he always wants to use the wrong ones.
can you recommend a good book? or advice me on how to teach him the different sounds?
a big problem is that he has a bit of a "southern accent" and so we don't pronounce the words the way they are spelled.
So, i need advice.
First if you think there is even a chance that your son has dexlexia have him checked. Some of the things that clued people in for me was bad spelling, I did ok on math worksheets but couldn't copy problemms out of the book, horrible handwriting, and a commplete inabillity to sight read. Finally my freshmen year in collage within a few days of working with my professor, he cought it. I had learned to get by well enough because of the help given by computer so there wasn't anything I needed t o do but it sure explained a lot. It probably isn't that biut just in case you wouldn't want to miss it.
Microsoft office. It catches misspelled words and repeat words and has done more for my spelling than all the drilling in the world. It catches misspellings right away and after I saw what word, letter combinations were a problem for me it was easy to correct them myself. It is amazing how small amounts of applied stuff can go a lot further than drilling. This is how my 12th grade grammer teacher did , well, grammer (imagine that) and I also saw it work in a 2nd grade class. Crecting two sentences a day improved my grammer 100 percent. Maybe you could givre him his spelling words mispelled and ask him to correct them. A different approach is maybe all he needs.
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He is going to be 9 years old on Christmas.
I think a lot of his problem is in ponunciation. We have a weird accent here in the midwest and a lot of the vowel sounds are alike.
I'll take your advice. It sounds good to me.
I know what you mean about pronunciation. Besides the regional issue, American English is less phonetic than British English. In multi-syllable words, the Brits still pronounce most of the vowels, while we Americans turn most unstressed vowels sounds into a short u sound. For example, "renaissance" has a "u" sound in the middle in American English, but is pronounced "ren A ssance" in British English.
If you want to buy a spelling program, I've heard really good things about Spelling Power, which is available from several homeschooling companies. It is for grade 3 and up.
Some other spelling ideas:
Use your child's misspelled words as the basis of their spelling lists. Create lists based on the spelling problems your child has by collecting several words that have the troublesome sound or spelling and teaching the words together.
Have your child make his own spelling dictionary by using a small notepad and make 1 page for each letter (perhaps a separate page for the diphthongs wh, sh, ch, th.) Then have your child add new words to the dictionary when he misspells a word or asks how it is spelled.
Dictate a few (3-5) of your child's spelling gremlins without giving him the opportunity to study them first, then let him correct her words by looking at your list. Flip the paper over and do the exact same words again.
When your child misspells a word, have him look at the model to see the difference and correct his writing.
What ever you do, try to keep it fun.
Leslie in MD, board moderator
|Originally posted by dandelion
Reading, reading, reading! Most of the good spellers I know are avid readers. Through constant reading, they just pick up the spelling. It works well especially with vowels.
-An unschooler -- can you tell?
Great insite from Linda in Arizona, and being English w, (one who speaks with all those A s), and who teaches kids, yes, you've guessed it, spelling, I would say that his willingness is the essential ingredient.
Hope this helps