Saturday, May 30, 2015

Spelling Tips for Dyslexic Students

How to Teach Spelling: Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

Are you teaching spelling wrong and giving spelling test the wrong
way? Many teachers have given up on spelling test or just assign the words in the reading program and give the end of week test. Spelling takes three skills all working together, and if you're not teaching the three skills to your struggling students they will never have success.

1. Sequencing and memory 
2. Fine motor skills for writing
3. Language processing

I was a very poor speller due in part severe dyslexia and dysgraphia.

As an LD student, I had three big problems with spelling. First, making the actual
word look correct, "is the sequence of letters correct?", "do the letters have the correct orientation, I hate p,d,q, b?", "is there enough letters?", and I had no muscle memory to help me make them legible. Visually I was word blind, and I could not envision what the word look like in my mind. Most of the prep for spelling test was the opposite of what most students should be doing.

My tips for teaching spelling success.
  1. Teach spelling as an auditory lesson, this strengthens and speeds learning.
  2. Spell words on the child's back, as they say, the letters aloud. Have students say the word and use it in  a kid friendly sentence. 
  3. Chunk every word using syllabification and use, see it, say it, and spell it in the air. Clap out the syllables in the words. 
  4. Create a word sorting game with alphabet letters. Give students all the letters in a word scrambled and have them put them in the correct sequence as fast as they can. 
  5. Create memorable mnemonic devices for all irregular spelled words.
  6. Practice spelling test without paper and pencil all week using only auditory study methods and games.
  7. Play spelling sparkle.
  8. Work on the multiple meaning of words.
  9. Have students read aloud the words daily to build fluency.
  10. Have students make kid friendly sentences with a reading partner. 
  11. Teaching students cursive helps with fine motor development and muscle memory.
My Grade 1 & 2 Eclectic Phonetic Speller  Bassed on the McGuffey Spellers Grade 1 Lessons! You will be shocked at the level expected in 1850! 

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