I looked over some of their writings; narratives and such. And found their misspelled words. Put them on a list and took the first 10 words. I made a grid and used all the letter, each letter had it's own block, cut the grid up into tiles that looked something like this:
I then cut up 'sound blocks' the pink square & rectangle shapes.
The toothpicks are used as breakers between syllables.
- The spelling word: (they do not fill this in until the very end of the study, it's a mini spelling test, to help them apply everything they have learned).
- How many syllables?
- Listen for how many sounds are found in each syllable.
- How many sounds does the word have?
- How many letters does the word have?
- If the word has more letters that sounds explain why: this question helps them to take a good look at the word and explain the why, which is really just reviewing phonic blends or spelling rules such as the blend str is only one sound and the le found at the end of the word is one sound.
- Is there anything you want to remember about this word? This question also helps them to remember tricky things in the word such as the silent e at the end of the word struggles and the fact that the bossy e is not bossy at all because the u is a short vowel sound.
After they work through this lesson they can go back to question #1 and without looking at the word write out the spelling word. Wow! they were thrilled that they didn't have to write sentences or write the word ten times but really studied the word with great results.
Again I give all glory to my heavenly father Yahuweh/The LORD for leading me to find a system for my girls.