10 Things To Know While Doing Spelling Homework

The existence of spellcheckers has changed people’s attitude towards learning how to write correctly. However, students still have to write tests and essays with a pen. That’s why it’s highly important to practice your spelling until you have no problems with it. Before you get down to your spelling homework, consider the following suggestions:

  • Learn the rules.
  • There are many irregularities in English’s spelling system. If you’re aware of them, you will find it less difficult to write a word correctly on the paper.

  • Develop visual memory.
  • The best way is to just intuitively know how the word looks. It’s especially useful with homophones, words with different meanings which are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently. The more you read, the more words you’ll remember.

  • Practice word games.
  • Scrabble, anagrams, and crosswords will definitely show you how rich your lexicon is and how orthographically competent you are.

  • Visit websites.
  • Different sites are designed for spelling practice. They offer word games as well as vocabulary lessons.

  • Learn spelling songs.
  • There are verses and songs featuring tricky words. Rhythm and rhyme make it easier to memorize them.

Here are 10 tips to make memorizing process more effective.

  1. Write your spelling words at least five times, each time in a different color.

  2. Write a word and highlight with a marker the difficult part you have trouble with. You can also underline or circle that part.

  3. Write your words in alphabetical order and backwards.

  4. Write your words leaving blanks for vowels. Then do the same for consonants.

  5. Make up sentences using each of the spelling words. If you want, you may leave them out, and list them below. Ask your parents or siblings to fill in the gaps.

  6. Find a couple of old newspapers and magazines, look up your words, cut them out, and glue them on paper.

  7. Make a crossword out of your words. Make it in such a way that they crisscross at the shared letter.

  8. Make “mountain words” starting with a letter on the first line and adding one letter to each line below.

  9. Spell the words in the air using your index finger or do it with a flashlight in a dark room.

  10. Write a rhyming word near each of your spelling words.

Don’t overwhelm yourself. At first learn two to three words, then two more. After that, return to the previous ones and practice all them together.

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