Did you know there are an estimated 185 ways to spell the 44 sounds found in the English language? It’s no wonder some children (and adults!) struggle to spell…
Children with dyslexia often get confused with homophones. Homophones are words which sound the same but have different meanings and different spellings. Like ‘which’ and ‘witch’.
These commonly confused homophones are tricky! And sometimes dyslexic children have long-established spelling errors. You may find your child’s inaccurate spelling has become an established pattern in his writing.
I’m going to show you how to get your dyslexic child to spell “which” and “witch” like a pro.
Dyslexic children need an effective memory trigger to overcome inaccurate spelling that may have become a habit.
Let’s start with ‘witch’…
- Try to find a “hook” or rhyme to help your child remember a spelling. A meaningful and memorable aid may just give his memory a nudge.
- To help your child spell the word “witch”, try printing out the image below.
- Put it on your fridge door or somewhere your child is going to see it everyday.
- Children with dyslexia will benefit from drawing their own picture to illustrate a word they find difficult. Get your child to use their imagination to draw their own picture and add the “hook” in their own writing. This will help reinforce the neurological pathways to and from long-term memory.
Now let’s learn how to spell “which”…
- Tell your child that in this picture the letter “w” is saying “hi” to “ch”.
- Again, get your child to “own it” by drawing his own version of “w” saying “hi” to “ch”.
- To reinforce this trick, watch a You Tube video from MC Spellbot (a bit weird, but my students love it!)
Remember, one size does not fit all! These ideas have worked for some of my students. But as with all teaching, what may suit one child will not suit another.