There are so many wonderful strengths I witness in my dyslexic students everyday. I typically work with my students five days a week, 30-45 mins a day for two and a half years on strategies and skills to re-train their brains to spell and read with more success.
Any parent of a dyslexic child will tell you their child is not completely ready to face the rigor and demands of grade level curriculum even after two and a half years of dyslexia intervention. Dyslexic students are more successful when given the gift of time to read, spell, write their super creative ideas down, answer a question or think of the right word to say. When given visual cues, like the ones below, a dyslexic’s recall of information is faster and they are more likely to apply strategies, thus performing more to their potential.
So, one thing I do with my “graduate” students in fifth & sixth grades to continue their support is to guide them in ‘building’ a Spelling Notebook. This will be a notebook they will own and use as needed in the classroom when writing and spelling. It is a great visual reminder for them.
Here’s how it works:
First, I print off the pages for the student notebook and use dividers for easy access to the different sections – for example: Short Vowels, Long Vowels, Spelling Rules, Combinations, Digraphs, etc. I do the same for the Teacher Guide.
This student is using these charts to apply spelling with k or c in the beginning or middle position of a word. At the top center of each Student page there is a letter with ( ) around it noting the sound. The letter ‘k’ represents all the spellings for the (k) sound – k, c // ck, k, c. On each page you will discuss & have student write about how the sound is spelled in the three different positions of a word: “I” = initial, “M” = Medial or Middle, “F” = Final or Last. This will be pretty simple for sounds like /p/, /b/, /t/, for example, b/c these sounds are spelled the same in each position. Vowel sounds will be a bit different b/c short vowels will not be found in final position, unless spelled differently, like short ‘i’ in final position is spelled ‘y’.
Download these *Free* Spelling Application Pages for the sound of /k/ in Initial & Medial positions. These pages are a great way for your child or students to apply strategies taught in the Spelling Notebook. Click on the link to download pages. It comes complete with a teacher guide and answer key.
IMF application pgs IM k This video shows how I work with a student through digraph ‘oo’ page:
Combinations, like ‘ar’ will be a little more detailed. First, we work through the most common sound of /ar/ like in “star”. Then, we work through special situations like when ‘w’ comes before ‘ar’, it make the /or/ sound:
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I am always amazed at how my students begin make connections between sounds and spellings of those sounds as we work through their notebook. I have worked through Spelling Notebooks not only with my dyslexic students, but any student who is struggling with spelling. I had the best time last spring teaching these 2nd grade “Spelling Princess’ ” I was able to ‘grab’ there attention by referring to them as “princesses” – it just evolved throughout the 6 weeks we worked together. The last class was a celebration and I had to get them tiaras and a scepter (Hershey bars), of course!! Have fun teaching and be as creative as you want to be with this spelling ‘tool’ that can take your child or student from being a ‘Memorizer’ to a ‘Forever Speller’.