Princesses, Dyslexia & a Freebie!

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.

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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.

IMG_0436[1]IMG_0438 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:

Student Notebook Teacher Guide My Spelling Notebook comes complete with a teacher guide and student pages to ‘build’ a spelling notebook with your student or child. Files come on two CDs or I can email a zip file of both.

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. IMG_3218 IMG_3219 IMG_3220


I use my Spelling Rule Posters for students to refer to after introducing each rule as we come to it throughout the curriculum, such at the /k/ rules.IMG_3557IMG_3556







This student is using these charts to apply spelling with k or c in the beginning or middle position of a word. IMG_3223 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 IMG_3551This 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!! IMG_3039 IMG_3034 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’.



  1. Tamika – Wow – so glad you stopped by today! I am also glad you found some things helpful! is a great online community for parents with LD children, but also for adults with LD, such as Dyslexia. It is a great, professional place where you might connect with others who have similar situations. This community would be great to for everyone that commented today – Please feel free to share about with your friends.
    I am happy to answer your questions or point you to great resources, Tamika. So happy you stopped by today!

  2. Thank you, Bob! I’m so glad you stopped by!

  3. Chandra – Thank you for sharing with your friends! I am glad you found some things helpful to use with your kindergartner. It is amazing to me how many people are touched by dyslexia or know someone who is dealing with the struggles associated with dyslexia. I appreciate you stopping by today!

  4. What a great thing you are doing here! Thanks south for sharing! My husband struggles with dyslexia and I’m so happy that you are reaching children and helping them learn how to succeed despite a limitation.

  5. Emily – I am so glad you stopped by today! Thank you for your kind words!

  6. OMG! I wish I was diagnosis with dyslexia when I was a child instead in my early 30s. I knew something was always wrong but didn’t think Dyslexia. I have bookmark this site to come back often to help me on my journey. The spelling notebook seem like a good idea, that I’m going to try for myself as well. I’ll be back soon.

  7. Thank you, Ronne! So great you are sharing with a friend. I hear from so many people that know someone who’s child is struggling or they themselves are facing those struggles.
    Visited Austin last month- went down for the day to visit Rawson Saunders School for Dyslexia. Amazing school. My husband and I fell in love with Austin! Great city!!
    Thank you for stopping by, Ronne!

  8. Totally agree with Ronne. You’re doing awesome work!

  9. What a great resource you have created! I have a couple of friends with dyslexic children. I will be sharing your series with them. This will also help me as my kindergartner is having a little bit of a hard time with his vowels. So glad I found you on 31 days “5for5”.

  10. Hi, I’m visiting from the “5 for 5” in the 31 Dayers Facebook group. I was an education reporter for a suburban newspaper for years, and it always inspired me so much to meet teachers who really loved their jobs and went the extra mile. What creative ideas, and what a difference they make in the lives of your students!

  11. Wow. I love this post – and am bookmarking it to share with a friend who struggles to help her child with her studies. Thank you! This is a gift.

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