I have a 7 year old boy who can't spell- urgint holp neeyded plez ;-)
January 6, 2014 4:24 AM Subscribe
My son is an above average reader for his age but his spelling is atrocious. He has just finished Year 1 at school in Western Australia. I need help as he's getting upset about this and I'm getting stressed. I just don't know how to help him :-( There must be some good "spelling breakthrough" approaches out there...? More details inside. Any tips are really appreciated!
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Nothing has been flagged up to us by the school about him having any serious issues eg dyslexia which might explain the spelling problems. We do think he has mild ADHD though and his handwriting is very messy compared to the majority of kids in his class.
The fact that he is a good reader is also very confusing to me as his sight word recognition is great but he then can't convert what he can easily read on a page to what he can write on a page.
I want to work on his spelling during this long summer holiday but I want to make it enjoyable for him (and me!). He is getting really stressed when we practice and keeps running off crying. Getting him to sit down in the first place is also a struggle.
We have tried look, cover, write exercises, pulling words cards out of a hat, spelling tests against the clock to make a fun game of it etc but its not working. He's not getting better and its making him sad. He is quite highly strung at the best of times and I'm at my wits end although I am keeping calm and upbeat when we are doing our homework and I'm giving him lots of praise.
He gets very upset generally if he can't do new things immediately. Teaching him to ride his bike was traumatic but now he's doing 30km rides and we use that example with him a lot to highlight how skills need to be practiced and perfected over time.
Are there some good spelling resources anyone can signpost me to, or suggest tips for how to keep him engaged? I would be particularly interested in anything that has specific application to a child with poor spelling but strong reading skills.