Posted On July 26, 2008

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Phonics have their place in learning to read but unfortunately in spelling, English has a set of rules that do not always follow a phonetical pattern. How many times have you written out a word to see if it looked right?

Write a word on the white board. Let the child look at it. Have the child shut his eyes and visualize the word. If he can’t, have him look at the word again and keep trying until he can visualize it with his eyes closed. When he has it erase the word and have him write it.

There will rarely be an error but if there is, have him erase it and write it correctly over the space. Do not let them look at misspelled words. This is why dictation without prior preparation is bad for spelling.

In order to do dictation correctly, prepare the passage together. An 8-9 yr old prepares a paragraph. An older child prepares 1-3 pages. Identify all the words either of you think will need attention. Write those words on the board and use the spelling process above. Once he knows all the words dictate the passage, erasing errors if any and rewriting. Erasing the word physically is a tangible act of what you’re attempting to do mentally.

Charlotte says bad spelling is a sign of sparse or hasty reading.

Source: A Charlotte Mason Education; A Home Schooling How To Manual by Catherine Levison