Students often struggle with spellings. They get frustrated as they cannot memorize their spellings. They are not able to relate the spellings with the vowels and thus, they give up very easily. They should be taught the spellings so that they can excel in their higher-grade studies.
How to identify spelling strugglers
A simple round of dictation, essay writing, or a word game in the first month of the year can help the teachers find out the weaker students. Once they are listed down, it becomes easy for the teachers to give targeted practice. These spelling strugglers need an extra push to enhance their skills.
Spelling strugglers should be sorted out and given extra practice.
Explain them that it’s never too late to learn to the spellings. Teach them the importance of spellings and why spellings matter in their academics. Instruct the structure of words with phonics and syllable patterns.
How to help spelling strugglers
- Phonics is a classification of speech sounds usually taught in lower grades. The higher-grade students are already aware of this strategy; hence it becomes easy for the teacher to use this method for teaching spellings.
- Breaking the words into syllables is a great spelling learning strategy. It can help the students to spell long words. This means you break the word down into little spoken chunks, and each chunk is called a syllable. Each syllable usually has a vowel in it. For example, the word organization has five syllables = or/ gan /i / za/ tion.
- Ask the students to read the letters of the word loudly. ‘Reading out loudly’ can actually help the student understand the pronunciation, and they can easily relate to the correct vowels. Repeat this practice twice.
- Here the teachers can ask them to close their eyes and try to visualize the word and memorize what they read. They can recall and read the spelling in their mind.
- Now when they can relate the vowels and spellings, ask them to write down the spelling. They should say as they write their spellings, it always helps. This method can make them more confident with their spellings.
- Hand them a vocabulary list of the month/ week to be memorized in the above-said manner. A dictation test is a must after each such session.
- Vocabulary and spelling games are fun ways to expand the student’s knowledge of spellings, all while having fun. Teachers can arrange for word games like missing-letter match, scrabble, crossword and jumble-words for the students.
Your student can thus memorize the spellings easily, enhance their skills and score well in their academics.
Look out for our next article on struggling students. The next topic would be ‘Grammar Strugglers’.