Thursday, January 13, 2011

Still struggling with Spelling? We are!

What I have realized so far this year is that we are still behind in spelling! I can't seem to get this subject up and going for my boys. They can read well BUT when it comes to writing the words down then that is where we have the problem.  I think this is why my boys are not writing like I know they could because they are still struggling with spelling. We use several online spelling lists and they can retain the words for that week. But when we go to the next week and I surprise them with a word from last week~ that's when we have a problem. We use several other sites for educational games that also have spelling games or help with the rules of spelling. But there is so much out there I sometimes feel overwhelmed with the choices. I just want to make it fun for them to learn spelling or at least something besides just spelling lists. Maybe I am wrong and just need to have them do the lists and still work on phonics to help sound out the spelling of difficult words? I am at a loss here, I feel like I am banging my head on the wall consistently and that we are in a constant state of review. I know that I can't be alone here but it sure does feel like it!

I am just wondering how many of you have this same problem or is this your best subject? Do you struggle with another subject?

1 comment:

Jen said...

My son never learned to spell well at school. Since we started homeschooling I shopped around for a good spelling curriculum. I found a great program called All About Spelling. It comes with flash cards, letter tiles, phonogram tiles, and a...n audio CD to demonstrate the correct pronounciation of all the sounds. The teachers manual has all the lessons in step by step form.
It is really good for Kinestetic learners. My son enjoys it so far. He's in 5th grade but I started him at Level 1 just after Christmas - I wanted to make sure we didn't miss anything important. I feel much better with this than what he had been doing in public school because it teaches all the phonetic rules systematically.