Why do some children blank out during spelling tests, although they have learnt all the words dutifully?
Lori Bormann, head teacher at Lorna Whiston Schools, shares: “This is very common in children. They may be approaching spelling letter by letter instead of recognising general patterns and understanding basic spelling rules. One of the most tried and tested ways is to get him to write the word three times – and then turn over the paper to see if he can write it without a visual. This can be turned into a fun game.
“Before he starts studying, have him pronounce each word carefully – this is important, in order to spell it correctly. It is also vital that he understands the word and how to use it. Plastic magnetic letters are useful, too.
“You can show him the word correctly, and then remove it and have him repeat it. Spelling more difficult words can sometimes be made easier through a catchy tune like Old McDonald Had a Farm or B-I-N-G-O, as children love music. Spelling does take practice, and reviewing and using a variety of techniques to study the words will help your child become more confident.”