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Correct Spelling Begins with Correct Pronunciation

A typical dyslexic child’s spelling of the phrase, “Sally’s oven might explode!”

Learning from mistakes

We teachers and tutors learn a lot about our students from their mistakes. Often

we learn that a student hears words differently from how they are actually

pronounced. It is common for a dyslexic student to have an “ah-ha” moment during

lessons as it suddenly becomes clear to him or her that the word is “train,” and not

“chrain” as they had been hearing it their whole lives. Then we set about correcting

that misconception.

Retraining the ears

Students need to hear the sounds correctly to be able to spell correctly. In the

picture, we see that the student is hearing the v sound as an f in the word “oven.”.

We create a drill ring card to provide daily practice with a clue word to connect the

sound with. We play games with the two sounds to clarify which is which. And we

listen closely to be sure the student is correcting the mistake.

It all takes time

You may wonder why a child needs to work on a phonogram card again, or why

it stays in the ring so very long. The answer is he or she needs lots of practices, and

drill ring is one of those ways.

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