Spelling VI: Phonograms

Part six of our Spelling Series: Oy, Oi, Those Diphthongs! diphthong – A complex speech sound beginning with one vowel sound and moving to another vowel or semivowel position within the same syllable (Webster’s II, 1984). Somehow it helps me a little that the definition of a diphthong uses the word “complex?”  Because that word sounds…

Spelling V: Blended Families

Part five of our Spelling series: Blended Families You’ve been working with your child on the single-sound consonants and the first sounds of vowels.  He knows that most of the e’s on the ends of words are silent but busy.  He’s wanting to know how to spell everything and trying to read signs and cereal…

Spelling IV: Let’s Get Started

Let’s Get Started I’ve established that simply telling children, “English spelling doesn’t make sense, just learn it,” doesn’t work for me.  I have also asserted that teaching phonics is essential.  After my foray into a bit of the history of English, someone commented, “Fine, but I still don’t know how to teach spelling.” All right…

On Teaching Spelling

  I have a confession, and I hope you won’t hate me for it . . .  Spelling is easy for me.  I started first grade in 1968.  They weren’t teaching phonics.  It didn’t matter—I already knew how to read.  Everyone else was working their way through Sally, Dick, and Jane.  What I remember about…