How do I help my 9 year old to improve her spelling??

Jane - posted on 07/12/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 9 year old daughter's spelling is very poor. I am keen to help her to improve over the summer break but don't know how to begin, she is an intelligent girl who just doesn't care about her spelling and has never really wanted to make any effort to improve. So I need to motivate her to learn some 'rules' of spelling, but how and what???

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Tricia - posted on 12/19/2012

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I have a game we play with our spelling words. you can look me up on face book I have a group page I post all our games and video of how we do the games to show others how to learn new words in a fun way

Lisa - posted on 07/14/2009

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We have that issue with my 11 year old step-son. His mom was not on top of helping him or even caring about sending him to school. His reading is better than it used to be.... His spelling and grammar are atrocious. WHen he brings home a practice test I can't even tell what the words should say. We work with him all week until his real test and he ends up getting perfect, if not one wrong. My step-daughter who is 10 can't read at all, thanks to her mother again. We have our work cut out for us. One thing I suggest that I have found works great is to get a white board and right the words they need to know on there one at a time. Have them read it and spell it. After they know the word and spell it by sight, erase a letter. Have them re-spell it and fill in the blank of the missing letter. Each time around, erase another letter until they have to spell the whole thing. It works wonders. Give it a try and see how it works.

Chet - posted on 01/30/2014

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First, don't label your daughter a bad speller. A lot of kids get pigeon-holed as bad spellers when they just haven't had the chance to learn it yet. But then they get discouraged and feel that a poor speller is just what they. Most kids learn spelling well after reading, and it takes time.

The best way to learn practical spelling is to use words. Play word games (word searches, crosswords, scrabble, bananagrams, hangman, boggle). When you make a grocery list get your daughter to write it down as you dictate the items to her and spell the ones she needs spelled. Encourage her to write. In the summer I have our girls keep journals so they write at least a sentence or two every day, but your daughter could start a blog, or write poems, make a graphic novel, anything that interests her.

You can do all the flashcards, drills, quizzes and phonics rules you want, but if kids aren't actually using the words and needing to spell them out the short term memorization won't move into long term memory and stick. And interestingly,kids who write and play with words often learn to spell well without the drills and lessons on spelling rules.

Jodie - posted on 07/14/2009

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when i was younger my mum used flash cards to help me spell she held them up and i had to spell as many as i could!!! this could help if you turn it into a game, ask her to spell as many words as she can in 1 minute and if she does it she can help bake cookies after or some other fun activity! start off small and work to bigger words she might find she enjoys it. Hope this helps

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Stephanie - posted on 01/30/2014

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put sugar in a pan let them write the words in it.kids love to do that.. i have an 8 year old who cares nothing about school she is getting better with...spelling and reading she does have problems with it but we use flash cards to and it works..just keep finding him or her likes she find something like to do that would want to make them sit and learn..wish u luck cause its a lot of work getting them to lisen to u.

Rachel - posted on 07/14/2009

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I wonder, if their is a vision problem though. My son had to see a vision therapist, he needed more than just glasses. His school work greatly improved, handwriting, spelling... Make sure she gets her vision tested. If vision is not the problem, there are spelling lists you can find online as well as teaching resources. I find that if they not only spell the word, but are able to use it correctly can help. I remember leasrning how to spell the word beautiful. My mother told me to: "be a uti ful "girl . so sometimes using the sounds of the words can help. Making spelling fun can be the challenge. If she hates spelling because it's not fun find ways to make it fun. Playing games like boggle, scrabble, upwords with a dictionary at herside can help.

Jodie - posted on 07/14/2009

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when i was younger my mum used flash cards to help me spell she held them up and i had to spell as many as i could!!! this could help if you turn it into a game, ask her to spell as many words as she can in 1 minute and if she does it she can help bake cookies after or some other fun activity! start off small and work to bigger words she might find she enjoys it. Hope this helps

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