Spelling Help!

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Registered: 07-13-2005
Spelling Help!
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Mon, 08-08-2005 - 9:38am
We are back in school (1st grade) and my son practice his spelling words Sunday night. He is having a problem with C and K....I can tell he is really thinking about it but for instance the "c" sound and "k" sound are alike...how can I get him to KNOW how to spell a word starting with c or k? Any ideas?
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Registered: 01-06-2000
In reply to: kjacc
Mon, 08-08-2005 - 9:52am

It's really about memorization for part of it.

I always say that "C" really does not have it's own sound. It "borrows" either the K or the S. That still doesn't really help kids know which one is which though.

I've noticed that words with the "I" vowel tend to be K, because c with the I vowel is almost always a soft (s sound) C.

Notice: Kite, kitten, king, kit, kin, kid, kick
But: City, cite, citizen, circle, cider, circus

I've also noticed that same pattern with the E vowel:

Notice: Keg, Keen, keep, key
But: Ceiling, celery, celebrate, cement, cent

For a,o and u most of the time it takes the C.
Now, that's not an official rule - - it's just one I've made up. So, I am sure that someone will come up with a list of a zillion exceptions! But, I did check the dictionary and it pretty much seems to hold true.

Another general technique for memorizing spelling choices is making lists.
For example -- work on the long A sound. Make a column for a with a silent e, ai, ay. Have the child come up with words with the long A sound in the middle and sort them into the proper columns. Then - keep that sheet around (in a classroom in might be hanging on a word wall, at home you might want to file it in a notebook). Same idea for ee and ea. They can easily look it up, and eventually memorize it.

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Registered: 09-15-2004
In reply to: kjacc
Mon, 08-08-2005 - 3:31pm

HI Kjacc!


Spelling is all about discipline and memory. I really like the examples and suggestions that "merrimom" gave, so I won't add to it. She has made some good points that should help to get your GSer started. I remember when I was working on words for my child, having them "write" the word 3-5 times really helped to help them retain the info. Good luck!


 

 

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Registered: 07-13-2005
In reply to: kjacc
Tue, 08-09-2005 - 9:29am
Thank you both for your advice! We practiced last night and wrote the words a few times to help him memorize. It is so precious to listen to him sound the words out and come up with something that isn't even a word. He is really trying hard and is focused so I know he will accomplish reading!