Some kids are just naturally “good spellers.” (My daughter was a natural speller.) And then there are those who need all the help they can get. (My son was in this category!)
If spelling doesn’t come easily to your child, you’ll want to give him all the help you can, and that includes teaching the effective spelling strategies that come naturally to good spellers.
It pains me to see spelling programs rely only on visual strategies, such as looking at a word list and writing each word ten times. Other programs rely on phonetic strategies, which work well at the beginning level but leave students without an effective strategy when approaching words like knowledge or bicycle. Your child deserves a balanced approach to spelling strategies, giving him the necessary tools to be a great speller.
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