my 7 yr old is having hard time with spelling how do i help

Nora - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 58 moms have responded )

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how do I get him to keep working and remembering the words

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Sophia - posted on 10/02/2012

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if you dont mind putting paper all over your walls with the words you are going over.... We have words all over and we spell them in passing ... our walls are our spelling boards. we dont care about pretty walls. we care about ways to reach our kid.

Jeannie - posted on 09/30/2009

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We have been doing our assigned spelling words from school using sidewalk chalk or sidewalk paint. He likes being outside and this really helps him to practice spelling while having fun.

Tammy - posted on 09/29/2009

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First make sure that there is not an underlying reason for the problem. My daughter struggled from kindergarten to 2nd grade. She could memorize them for the test but not spell them correctly later. She was also struggling with reading. After further testing we found out the she has an Auditory processing disorder so She needs a different learning technique. Now that she has started this new curriculum she is starting to catch up and onto to many things she stuggled with before. We tried all kinds of extra tutoring before with no progress.

Donia - posted on 09/29/2009

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Try to make it fun. Use Scrabble letters to form the words, and then mix them up and get him to put them back together again. The letters have score numbers too, so you could make it into a game, where he scores for each correct word. Hope that helps?

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Ambalika Devi - posted on 10/02/2012

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i can spell hard words like: university , archeologist , chemicals , chemistry , psychology , biology , geochemistry , geology and a few other words toooooo

Ambalika Devi - posted on 10/02/2012

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u can teach your kid some easy words he cant spell then he`ll try some hard ones and he might go up the level

Dionne Rennie - posted on 09/11/2012

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Hi mums, it's so great that everyone has so many ideas I have just joined this site and I'm loving it! Thanks so much I'll try everything suggested until we find what works... ans when that stops working we can go back and explore the other ideas until we get it right again!! Got another little problem how can I get my other kids to do something else while I help their brother with homework.... He is 6 they are 2 and 1?????

Debora - posted on 10/01/2009

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this website can help with reading www.edhelper.com they have printable pages.for math help try www.mathfun.com

our schools website has links we can use in each schools LMC =LEARNING MEDIA CENTER. SOME SCHOOLS WILL HAVE THEM IF YOU ASK THE TEACHER,I KNOW OUR LOCAL LIBRAY WORKER MAKES HER OWN WORD SCEARCHES FOR HER SON ATTHIS AGE.

Heidi - posted on 09/30/2009

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pour uncooked rice or sugar on a cookie sheet and have them spell the word in the sugar... or with play doh make long snakes and shape them into the letters... tonight I was laying in bed with my 10 year old and we were doing his on the wall with a laser and he had to guess what word i was spelling...

Angela - posted on 09/30/2009

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There is a website spellingcity.com my son puts his words for the week in, and it will play hangman and other games, and will also do a spelling test. He likes the computer, so it also gives him a chance to use it, while learning his spelling words. I hope this helps!

Shannon - posted on 09/30/2009

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When you help him read. use a pointer or finger to point to each word. Helps them to focus on one word at a time to help them from being overwhelmed at the thought of a whole sentence.



I also tried to make it fun with my son. Everytime we go to the store or mall we play i spy and spell out the name of different stores or products that he might be interested in...ie, comics, toy boxes, food containers like milk.

Keisha - posted on 09/30/2009

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Give him 2 to 3 letters every three days if he is that slow,sound it out, and let him do the same,and before you are finish, try him on his own, and out of the blues again show him the letters and let him try to remember what he had learned, on his own, this is where you will see his progress

Keisha - posted on 09/30/2009

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hi good morning, try teaching him phonics, it work, let him know the sounds of the letters and to recognized the letters also

Patty - posted on 09/29/2009

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Write the words on flash cards with a glow in dark marker. Post them all over his room and on the ceiling if you can. When he goes to bed, have him recite them, spell them out and when the lights go off, he will still see them for another 10 min. The words will be the last memory intake and he will remember them much more. This is also works with Time Tables.

Rachel - posted on 09/29/2009

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check out two websites: http://www.spellingcity.com and http://www.Zoodles.com.

spelling city lets you make really fun customized spelling games for your son (using his spelling list), and Zoodles covers not only spelling games but reading games, math games, and much more! i actually work at Zoodles so I'm biased, but I think it's a much better overall solution for motivating kids to learn!

Jennifer - posted on 09/29/2009

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This maybe time consuming but worked wonders for us....I labeled everything in the house even the things they wouldn't need to spell at that age. Some children need to associate a object with the word. We also played games and did a reward system it made it fun. Good Luck hope I helped a little :)

Julie - posted on 09/29/2009

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My daughter has become a pretty good speller. We make up songs and sing the word. My husband gets very loud and playful. The more fun, the more my daughter loves to learn them. She also loves to bring home a perfect spelling score. She earns a scoop of ice cream on friday night that way.

Becca - posted on 09/28/2009

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I have a simular problem. My son seemed to reed fine but he would skip words and couldnt get the spelling rite. He started a program called balvisx. It is for balance, vision, and exersise. It has worked wonders! He is able to focus better, and his eyes have stopped skippng words. It's like his brain was lazy and would skip conjunction words. Now he enjoys reading and doing his homework. All the work in trying to get him to focus long enough is gone!

Leanne - posted on 09/28/2009

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Hi Nora

I made up cards with the word on them and tried to relate pictures. We also made up little rhymes. We still do the rhymes and my son is in grade 7.

Rae - posted on 09/28/2009

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My third grader also struggles with spelling. Her teacher told me to pull out my scrabble game and have her search through the tiles for the letters to spell each word. She also suggested making word searches. The theory behind these is that she has to think more about each letter of the word and their order than she does just writing them over and over. I have to admit, I have seen some improvement.

Cheryl - posted on 09/28/2009

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ok my son is also 7 and having a hard time. What I do is write numbers on one side of flash cards and part of a road on the other. If hunter(my son) picks number 8 then that word is "spell mom" if he gets it right he gets to turn it over and go on to the next one. When he is all done he has turned over all the flash cards and now has a road that he is allowed to drive his match box car on. He loves it. If he does not have the patience to wait till they are all flipped over then he pushes his car down the road to the next stop sign (spelling word) Hope this helps!

Lindsey (Lynzi) - posted on 09/28/2009

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My mum, who has been a nursery nurse for over 30 years and is EXCELLENT at her job, recommends putting post it notes on everything in your house with the word written on it. (ie. Door, chair, curtain, table, window.) Then when your child has spellings, you can look for rhyming words to help remember the spellings.
The technique I used with my son, who has just turned seven and wants to read Harry Potter next (and will have no problems with it) was to break words up into smaller chunks .
Something else which might come in handy, when your child is trying to learn can/cane or man/mane thing is to show your child how adding an E to the end of the word makes the first vowel sound change from a lower case sound to an upper case. Basically, from "a" to "A".
I hope that's of some use to somebody :D

Jennifer - posted on 09/28/2009

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My daughter is also 7 yrs old and when I can't get her to sit down and study words, what we do is get out a plate and some chocolate syrup. Pour the syrup onto the plate and let her spread it around, then let her write each word out in the syrup. It's a lot of fun and they will enjoy eating it when they are done. However, I suggest you do this before bath time....lol

Yolande - posted on 09/28/2009

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He should not remember the words but be able to spell it while saying it slowly. In Afrikaans the word I'm looking for is "klank". A child need to klank the word, letter for letter. If you ask him to spell any word, he must be able to spell it the way he pronounce it. Letter and word cards helps to. Make letter cards from a - z and tell him to spell 3 letter words in the beginning.Spell the word one and then say the word once then he must spell it, say it and the try to build it with the letter cards. C-A-T, S-I-T, B-E-D. Easy words at first then if gets that right you can do bigger words.

Rebecca - posted on 09/28/2009

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I can only tell you how this has helped my son every kid is diff. jacob was having a hard time reading spelling all of it and we just made it fun even when we were out in the car i would say how do you spell or what does that say even when we were at home the books i knew he could read i would let him read them to me and make a big deal out of how good he was and he is doing so much better this year in school what worked for him was not making it hard just make it fun

Yolande - posted on 09/28/2009

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I let my 7 yr old do computer courses after school. It helps alot with spelling, maths and all the other stuff they learn in grade 1.

Tanya - posted on 09/27/2009

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flash cards are the best way i feel. i use this technique for myself and for my nieces when they were younger.

Tammy - posted on 09/27/2009

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My 6 year old went from a level2 reader to a level 13 this summer. The program we have used is we read books page by page first I say do you see the word (then I say a word on the page not in order) Till all the words are done and she points them out as I ask. Then I read the page following along with my finger. Then we read the page together both following along with our finger. Then she reads the page following along with her finger. We do this page after page. We usually have 3 books on the go. And read them once each day. After 3 days I no longer ask if they see the words on the page I just read we read she reads. Then the 5 th day I let her read it on her own if she makes 2 mistakes or more then we go back to the me read we read she reads till the next day and she trys again. Works wonders

Sue - posted on 09/26/2009

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when they see things often enough they will remember. Leave post it notes with certain words on his bedroom door. On the refridgerator even the toilet seat. Ask them often to spell the same word. Flash cards with words on them help alot.

Jacqueline - posted on 09/26/2009

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make corny songs out of the words to make him laugh, and he'll be repeating the words.

Amy - posted on 09/26/2009

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You have to find what works for him. My son is not a traditional learner so it took a few misses before we found the first solution. Things that have worked for him (he's 7 by the way) are shutting his door and literally shouting the words letter by letter out loud to himself. Also we make games out of it and do actions for each letter of the word....like hop on each letter or if there are certain blends he's working we do one action for the blend and then another action for the rest of the letters. I also don't make him just sit still. His brain shuts down when he does this. I am a teacher and other things I have done with students are letting them write the words outside with sidewalk chalk, letting them write the letters in shaving cream on a table (spray a pile of shaving or whipped cream and let them draw the words in them), using letter blocks to build the words, making it into a musical tune, and other things like this. Every child learns different so you really have to just try some ideas and find which one works for him. Hope this has been helpful.... AA

Veronica - posted on 09/26/2009

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the key to learning something difficult is to excite as many of te senses as possible while practicing or learning. try scented markers or put salt or sugar on a tray and have your child spell the words with his fingers in the granules. Use bathtub crayons or paint. sing the spellings use the jump rope while spelling. These should help

Jacqueline - posted on 09/26/2009

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play the memory game with cards. write the words on two index cards spread out on floor, and he has to match them. give a prize fo each game he wins. make it fun.

Paula - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hi my son is 6 & he was struggeling a litlle with reading & writting, At that stage most children in his class were reading at a level 15-20, where as my son was only reading level 7.

His teacher thought he would benefit from the "Reading Recovery program or (RR)", he would go to the RR teacher for half an hour everyday, the RR teacher would send EXTRA reading and writing activities home each day. Within 3 months of him doing the RR program he had caught up to his class and is now reading a level 17.



Maybe you could have a chat with his teacher about special programs they have available for your son at his school.



Goodluck with it, all the best

Kimberly - posted on 09/26/2009

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Nora, On Mondays when the spelling words come home, I have my kids write them out on flash cards. I usually clip them together and we use them for any spelling home work during the week & will flip through them briefly every night. On Thursday nights we study them and do a "pre-test" - either verbally or written (depending on age, timing and where you are ie: car) We then have Friday morning Flash cards. We drive to our school, so on Friday mornings will we begin our commute I ask the words from the front seat and re-ask the ones my kids stumble on. It has really helped us alot - maybe stumble words they write out 5 times on Thursday night -Hope this helps you!

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Hi Nora

Just a suggestion for you, chunck the word for an example "B at M an" finding lil words within the one...Hope this helps or course reading n word search games help to improve ones vocab.

P.S. Would like to know how your lil man does.

Cheers n good luck. =)

Patricia - posted on 09/26/2009

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Make up poems or songs using the spelling words. It makes it more fun and less frustrating for you and he both

Sheri - posted on 09/26/2009

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Heather - posted on 09/26/2009

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make a index card for each of the letters in his words. As you give him a word he uses the letter cards to spell the word. Does he have any other trouble with his academics? Do you know anything about dyslexia? Would that be a possibility? My son has lots of trouble with spelling and reading. We just found out he is dyslexic. I am a teacher and reading specialist also.

Catherine - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hold the paper with the work up high to his right so his head is still and eyes have to look up to read each letter - get him to say out loud e.g s p o r t - Get him to close his eyes - see the letters - and say the letters - Uncanny - then get him to spell it backwards - this is fantastic way to use eye accesssing brain technique to input the information deeply into the brain. Fantastic party trick to be able to spell backwards - tell him not to think about it too much - just see the word. This is a technique they use with some dyslexic children but my kids use it and they are great at spelling.

Mary - posted on 09/25/2009

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Read out loud to her. Find a fun series that you think sound good and read a chapter or two each night for fun. Have her sit beside you so she can read over your shoulder.
This was a very big help with my daughter who had the same troubles.
Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 09/25/2009

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Thank you for the spelling website. I will give it a try. My daughter loves doing anything on the computer so it will not seem like work.

Rachel - posted on 09/25/2009

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The first day we do a boring test to see where she is at. I then correct it and use it to help with her penmenship by showing how the letters should be on her writting tablet (she is not good with size.) Then as we drive places I have her spell the ones she missed. The next day she gets to write them on her white board or chalk board. Then I do something like the scrabble, we don't have scrabble so I wrote the letters of the alphabet on construction paper and have her spell her words with them. The night before she gets another test and proper writing. Hope it helps.

Stacey - posted on 09/25/2009

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ask the teacher if he/she knows of any websites that you could pull fun learning activites off of. find ways to make it fun. i had the same problem with my son. good luck and just keep working with him.

Samantha - posted on 09/25/2009

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When my daughter had a hard time with her words we got a whit board and letters and did her spelling words that way we also used shaving cream on the table and a shoe box with sand . She loved to be able to make it a game and it help her to remember the words, so may try that. Good luck

Caroline - posted on 09/25/2009

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Make it more fun and less like work. The more relaxed you are around him the better as well. Pictures, games, and Rhymes and Songs can especially help as well. Hangman is great if you allow them to have a childrens dictonary at hand. Not only gets them learning the meanings but also on how to use a childrens dictionary as well. Taking them to the libreary and encourage them to challange themselves with their reading, and always have them read to you. Even a newspaper can be read, as long as they get to see the words in use, it should help them to remember how to spell them later.

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I also have a six year old who is having a hard time with spelling and reading. What i did was put words starting with 1 letter then two letters and so on on index cards and made a game out of it. Not only is she learning how to spell but she is learning how to read as well.

Amy - posted on 09/25/2009

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I have this same problem. I try to change up how we practice them Ex: the boring test, saying them out loud, spelling them with scrabble letters, haveing them give you the test and they correct it, be creative write on the wall (bathtub or chalk paint), and this web site you can put your words in to it and play games with them. http://www.spellingcity.com/ the best I found is to put them in a quiet place and be with them even if your frustrated don't show it. try to make it as fun a possible

Jackie - posted on 09/25/2009

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We had our 2nd grader practice his spelling every night. We would do a practice test and then have him write each word that he missed five times and then do another test afterwards. He normally did very well on his spelling tests every week this way.

Kathie - posted on 09/25/2009

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One of my sons had this same problem. Two things worked for him. First I had him write his spelling words on a bright colored piece of paper with bright colored pens. Their minds tend to absorb more with the bright colors. The other thing was to make songs and rhymes out of his spelling words. These two things helped bring his spelling grade from F's to A's and B's.

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