THANK YOU to a careful new reader (Smellyann) for pointing out that in my last post I spelled sight words as site words as in Web site. How embarrassing! She was right–you’d think if I’m teaching children to read at the very least I’d be a good speller. Unfortunately it was an excellent example of how NOT to rely on spell check when you’re in a hurry. The good news is you don’t have to be a good speller to be a good reader. And the even better news is the more you read the more your spelling improves.
It brings up an interesting topic: spelling games and mnemonics. As a child, we learned to spell using little phrases like “friends to the end’ to remind us that the word friend ends with end. Did you learn a mnemonic about how to remember the difference between stationary and stationery? The word letter has two e’s, and you write a letter on stationery?the word with the e. I always remember there’s a rat in the middle of separate because you always want to separate yourself from a rat. We all know “i before e except after c.” But that one has so many exceptions!I clearly need to learn one for helping me remember the difference between site and sight. But as Anne in Anne of Green Gables says, “One good thing about me is I never do the same wrong thing twice.”
Thanks, again for the correction, Smellyann. I hope my error won’t turn you off from us, forever!
What spelling games or mnemonics do you have?