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 student to practice spelling phonetically the words most commonly used in everyday speech and writing.

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

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

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

5. Assist the student 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 student correctly hears the sounds in the words they misspell. Get the student to say the words aloud to ascertain if they are aware of the letters or sound units in words.

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

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

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

11. Praise the student for spelling words phonetically: (a) give the student 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 student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

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

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

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

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

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

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