Did you know that spelling accurately and automatically supports reading? The ability to spell proficiently is a complex task with several components working together to achieve automaticity. Spelling instruction needs to include phonological, orthographic, and morphological components to be successful. Explicit instruction in phonological awareness skills such as blending, unblending, and manipulating spoken sounds in words is an important foundation to spelling. Next, students need direct instruction in letter-sound relationships including consonants, vowels, letter clusters, and syllable types. Then, instruction needs to include meaningful components of language such as affixes, Latin and Greek roots, and spelling rules.
As you can see there is much more to spelling than memorizing a list of words for a test. It is true that some words will need to be memorized but that is not the only method to achieving spelling success. Combining reading, writing and spelling will give students the opportunity to engage in the repeated practice which is a crucial component to spelling mastery.
This webpage is a link to a summary spelling; including tips on what a problem in this area might look like and how to help. It is part of the larger Reading Rockets website which has a wealth of resources and additional links designed to support teachers, parents and kids.CLICK HERE TO VIEW RESOURCES FROM READING ROCKETS
This webpage is a link to a website with teacher resources and student practice in spelling; including tips on word lists and practice ideas.CLICK HERE TO VIEW RESOURCES FROM SPELLING CITY