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She just goes into a panic mode about some words, making wild guesses about the letters -- guesses that DON"T EVEN MAKE SENSE! There simply is not enough time in the day for her to master 20 spelling words every week and keep up with her other homework. She seems to be a kinesthetic learner. I decided to try having her writed the words correctly while I spell them out for her verbally. Maybe that will help. I try teaching her the spelling rules but then she applies them to words that don't fit the pattern (and there are plenty of them). She is really just gonig to have to keep memorizing the spelling, which is the way she generally learns to spell. Any suggestions on how I can improve her memory of something so incredibly abstract? She is in 3rd grade if that helps.
 

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Sometimes learning spelling rules works better than memorization (although there's room for that too). Look on amazon for the workbook "Spelling Works".<br><br>
I know it's not interesting, but can you make flashcards? Perhaps if she's running out of motivation, you can offer her pennies or a jellybean or a sticker or something as incentive for each word she spells correctly.
 

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What about using magnetic letters? The big colorful ones? She can spell them quickly and then read it back after she's done 2-3. Or have her write the words on cards, mix the cards up at the end of the list and have her read back and correct then.<br><br>
I had a set of word tiles that were great, too. They came seperated by color into different sets - letters, prefixes, suffixes, and blends. It was a fun way to build words and see if they made sense, since the rules were all laid out.
 

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If you can spare 10 minutes a day, <a href="http://www.avko.org/sequentialspelling.html" target="_blank">Sequential Spelling</a> might help. It's meant for dyslexics, but is popular in homeschooling circles and is perfect my sight reader.
 

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She does understand most of the patterns. It is all of the stuff that has no pattern that is tough for her. Maybe there is no magic but time and study, but those seem to be in short supply around the school day. I will look into the books, though. She really wants to do this!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you can spare 10 minutes a day, <a href="http://www.avko.org/sequentialspelling.html" target="_blank">Sequential Spelling</a> might help. It's meant for dyslexics, but is popular in homeschooling circles and is perfect my sight reader.</div>
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I was just about to suggest this, which is helping my third grader and is even useful for my 13yo who is very likely but not dxed dyslexic.
 

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I just looked at the Sequential Spelling site and it looked perfect for my dd. So I ordered level 1. Thank you all. Keeping my fingers crossed...
 

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I would also recommend for her current words that you have her write each word out 10 -20 times -- maybe break it down so she does 5 words a day, writes each 10-20 times and the other ones just once or twice.<br><br>
As she writes them, she should say each letter, then say each word again.<br><br>
spell - s - p - e - l - l -- spell<br><br>
After she's written the words, <i>she</i> can put it on a card.<br><br>
Flashcards are OK for visual learners, but my experience teaching/learning vocabulary is that <i>writing</i> the words over and over again is what imprints them on the mind. If she writes and says them, then she can get the input in several ways.
 

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Thanks Lynn56. It is hard to get her to write them more than a couple of times. I think that is because she knows them visually (she is a very strong reader), can spell them orally (she kind of chants them) but then when the test comes she has a fit of test anxiety and just wildly pulls any ol' letter out of the air and plops it down on paper. It makes her look a little, well, strange, YKWIM? There will be a word that is mosly spelled right and then with some COMPLETELY unconnected letter in the middle. So for last weeks test I yelled and coerced a bit (not my ususal parently mode), got her to write out the words a few times (in the tub with a washable marker thanks to my friend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) Anyway, she got an 80 on that spelling test (whew!). But I think she just needs to work on the patterns so she doesn't have to think so hard every time. She hated phonics when she was learning to read and just kept racing ahead learning to read by sight instead of sounding out. It was a good strategy then, but a bit of phonics would be helpful now, I guess. I know that I was totally a whole language learner so it doesn't really surprise me that once she uses a word a few times in writing she has generally mastered it. Unfortunately that is not the way the spelling in school works! First they have a pre-test where they are supposed to use the phonics rules (I think) to write the spelling words after looking at them briefly.<br><br>
This is getting too wordy now, but basically we homeschooled until this year with a very loose structure. Writing was very difficult for her until the beginning of this year when she suddenly wanted to write poems, song lyrics, etc. She was still writing in all caps (she could write lower case just didn't like it) and just learning cursive. So when she started school, she had to learn to write "normally" real quick! So she does it at school (nice and neat and small and she even stays within the lines) but when at home she is all over the place (even trying to write upside down or backwards sometimes! I used to love to write in a total backwards script when I was in school so I can identify with that desire! Noone could read my notes to myself!) I think most of the struggle here is about conforming to expectations of what is "correct" and how fast is "good enough". She is learning to conform, though!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What about using magnetic letters? The big colorful ones? She can spell them quickly and then read it back after she's done 2-3. Or have her write the words on cards, mix the cards up at the end of the list and have her read back and correct then.<br><br>
I had a set of word tiles that were great, too. They came seperated by color into different sets - letters, prefixes, suffixes, and blends. It was a fun way to build words and see if they made sense, since the rules were all laid out.</div>
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I'd like to build on this. From Teacher Resources, you can get magnetic letters where the consonants are blue and the vowels are red. This is a Montessori strategy. You can get wooden Montessori letters, too. Having two colors only helps the student memorize with little confusion, and helps them master the vowels, where primary students are most likely to mess up.
 
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