• Spelling Lists 2 €15,00

    Over the past 30 years, I have specialised in dyslexia and have met many dyslexic children who find the weekly school spelling list and follow up spelling test both difficult and distressing. Their parents and teachers also notice that although some children score well on the day of the spelling test, those same words are not retained for future use - thus the exercise (meant to help poor spellers in the first place) actually proves to be largely ineffective. In some cases, the individual spelling test scores are known to the whole class, so that poor spellers often experience teasing by their peer group. This is more widespread than realised and can be very confidence shaking. As successful learning depends on a good self image, this method of teaching spellings can actually have a damaging effect on the very children it is meant to be helping.

    Children learn in a variety of ways; some look down a list of spellings and absorb them quickly - they are the lucky ones so far as school spelling lists are concerned; other children, who have a superior pictorial memory, are able to recall a set of 'likely family' words e.g. the 'ai' family: rain, train, pain, snail, by drawing a picture containing all of those words, and re-visualising that picture when one of those words is needed; they already know how to spell a key word such as 'train', and make the link that the word 'paint', if in that set, has the 'a' sound spelt 'ai' also; other children remember a set of words from a narrative (story) e.g. the maid left a trail of paint from her pail like a snail as she ran in the rain to catch the train. They also link a spelling pattern from a key word, but remember the set initially from the narrative.

    More fun with spellings lists.

    This book follows the same format as the Green Book and includes the lengthening 'e', sometimes called magic 'e', in the form of octagons. These are popular with children and very successful teaching aids.

    This book by Angela Tregear Liddicoat contains 37 pages.

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