16 Ways to Teach Kids Phonetic Approaches to Spelling

Are you looking for ways to teach kids phonetic approaches to spelling? If so, keep reading.

1. Get the learner to practice spelling phonetically the words most commonly used in everyday speech and writing.

2. Give the learner a list of words they are required to spell phonetically. Give the learner evaluative feedback indicating how the words can be spelled phonetically.

3. Get the learner to use a phonetic approach to spelling words in sentences written each day.

4. Teach the learner spelling ideas at each level before introducing a new skill level.

5. Assist the learner in separating their spelling list into those words that are spelled phonetically and those that are not.

6. Integrate spelling with the total language arts program (e.g., learning activities, methods, and learning materials are related to the teaching of reading and language as a whole rather than separately).

7. Make sure the learner correctly hears the sounds in the words they misspell. Get the learner to say the words aloud to ascertain if they are aware of the letters or sound units in words.

8. Provide the learner with short drills in spelling each day that require a selected phonetic sound. As the learner shows success, increase the number of phonetic sounds.

9. Give the learner an example of phonetic spelling for those words they fail to attempt to spell phonetically.

10. Get the learner to keep a dictionary of “most misspelled words.” Make the learner check the spelling of all words they are not certain are spelled correctly.

11. Praise the learner for spelling words phonetically: (a) give the learner a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the learner an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

12. Make the learner use a phonetic approach to spelling any word they do not know how to spell.

13. Get the learner to write sentences, paragraphs, or a story each day about a favorite subject. Urge the learner to use a phonetic approach to spelling the words they use.

14. Teach the learner the sound each letter makes. Get the learner to practice making letter sounds as they see the letters on flash cards.

15. Acknowledge quality work (e.g., display the learner’s work, congratulate the learner, etc.).

16. Consider using one of the tools from of spelling apps list.

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