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Anyone realized their child is a very poor speller? What did you and how did you help them? My child is in 2nd grade and I want to help before it gets even worse. Open to all advice. TIA

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Lol I still can’t spell. I’ll give you a funny story that will give you hope in your child. 4th grade we took spelling tests and my teacher would make us switch papers with our neighbor and we would grade them. Then hand them back. Then the teach would ask each student what their score was out loud. No joke it would be “Becky” “18 out of 20” “John” “20 out of 20” me “1” sorry what did you get. Uhhhh bruh I got 1 why you making me say it again. Then she started letting people come up and tell her privately as if my classmates couldn’t tell. Long story short I still can’t spell but I made 140k last year far more than that teacher that humiliated me every week.

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U spelt gr8 heer tho

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Don’t want to oversimplify but growing up my brother was a really bad speller and was almost held back a grade - my dad started reading books aloud with him every night. Long & multi chapter, probably way above his reading level books and they would switch off pages - the only rule was you couldn’t skip a word and had to sound out the letters. Some nights it took my brother the whole reading time to get through one page but my dad stayed patient. Years later my brother still says that reading the different words aloud helped him understanding how they were pronounced and how different letters flowed together. The patterns and seeing it together in sentences and paragraphs instead of just siloed words he needed to spell for the purpose of learn how to spell make all the difference. He is an ER doc now and knows how to spell lots of big complex words.

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AS1 Thanks for the kind words. I'll try my best to help her like your dad!

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reading more and more exposure to words. Any book that challenges your child or are reading books with an emphasis on vocabulary.

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I am still a terrible speller but I ramped up my vocabulary to compensate, now I just choose alternate words rather than those I know are troublesome;)

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Read the boxcar children series. It is specifically written with smaller shorter words, that stimulate reading and spelling development.

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I need to buy those! I loved them as a kid!

OP, please direct message me. My son had some reading and spelling issues, and we took him to many vision doctors, finally diagnosed his condition is needing vision therapy, and within six months he went from needing tutors, having spelling issues, having handwriting issues, having headaches, and all kinds of issues in the classroom to being literally in first reading group. If you don’t DM me, I would really suggest that you take him for a vision exam, explained that he is having reading and spelling issues, and ask about vision therapy, and child development as related to vision and reading. A $39 vision exam at vision Works literally changed my kids life for the better

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My dad started us out with a list of 2-lettered words, then 3-lettered words then 4-lettered words etc .. do the same for the young lad.

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Try also speech therapy. When I was younger I struggled with spelling, because when I said the word in my head, I was (unknowingly) saying it wrong.

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Child???? I recall staff associates that are poor spellers... at some point they get coached on it - I imagine you can do the same with a kid??

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B and d are easy to work on- there’s a hand trick where you make a “bed” with your fingers on each hand and fingers are b and d- kids do it when confused. I’m imagine google will show it.

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Reading! Reading anything and everything all the time

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This. Before quarantine, my daughter read 100 pages books (My weird school series) by Gutman in 2.5 -3 hours. She is in first grade. It helps not just spelling but other subjects too.

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Find their strengths. Nose dive into those

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My parents were both teachers and during the summer we did weekly spelling tests - get the words on Monday, be ready to spell them from memory on Friday. With English spelling, I think sometimes there is a role for simple rote learning/memorization. Words get more complicated as the weeks go on. List was only ever between 5 and 10 words. Each week usually had a bonus extra hard word that tied into something the family was doing.

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If they’re also struggling with reading I recommend looking into getting tested for dyslexia. Growing up I was always being reading and spelling. Once I was diagnosed my parents looked into tutors specifically for dyslexia which definitely helped.

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I got tested through children’s hospital, I’d imagine they’d still be able to test or give recommendations

Just reading. Spelling is a silly skill to drill for the sake of doing so. Source: 2-time Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant.

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I understand but she can't write a sentence that makes any sense. Her sibling in kg is spelling at her level if not better. I don't care for difficult words, but at least the minimum.

I was a terrible speller through 3rd/4th grade, but I read all the time. My mom told me later she was really worried about it, and the teachers told her spelling should naturally follow with the reading. I remember her encouraging and supporting my reading, but no specific tutoring or anything like that for spelling. Eventually the spelling did catch up, and English ended up being my best subject in school. No real recommendation in there, but hopefully it makes you feel a little less anxious. We all develop skills at different rates.

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Yep, that's what the teachers are telling me. Hopefully the same happens!

Also just more practice writing and coaching through mistakes

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Read all the recent posts on here that have the following: any1, every1, apprci8. There are people much worse off than your child

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Perhaps a word app, make learning fun for them

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Thank you everyone. I appreciate your input! Keep the ideas coming. I will continue to focus on reading and try to start with short letter words. I'm really concerned it might be dsylexia but not sure how to confirm it.

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And I dictated this into my app, while drinking wine, on a Friday night… So please do not confuse my spelling errors above as indicative of my own literacy. Sorry about that

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Spelling is fine, handwriting is dogshit.

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Same as the consultant above, I was an advanced reader and in AP English in high school, but was never (still never) able to spell. I had tutoring all through grade school, and honestly, the teachers and my folks eventually gave up. Word processors and auto correct eventually became a thing. I work in tech now. The only effect of poor spelling has been the pressure of not fulfilling expectations. Your kid will be fine.

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Thank you. I can only hope and do my best to give her what she needs to improve.

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