Below are lots of tips to assist you in teaching literacy.
CONFUSING b AND d
Are your students confusing b and d, p and q in their reading and writing? This article covers several ways to help learners with different learning stylestackle the letters b,d, p and q.
THE 5 PARTS to PREFIX AND SUFFIX TEACHING
Simply presenting prefixes and suffixes and talking about their spelling is NOT enough.
-ed is one of the early suffixes that young learners wish to use. Here is a handy tipsheet with rules to explore and words to use in practise. Adding -ed
Blends, also called 'clusters', are two consonant sounds represented by two consonant letters (e.g. br-, tr-, bl-, sl-, -ft, -mp, cl-). Some students can find these particularly challenging in spelling. These article looks at how to help students spell blends in words correctly.
S Blends present a different issue for some spellers. Words beginning with S Blends include skin, spot and step. Why would students spell these sgin, sbot and sdep? The answer is here:
THE ONE-ONE-ONE RULE
This is one way to teach when to double consonants in the adding of suffixes.
Some multisyllabic words have what I call HIDDEN SYLLABLES. These are syllables that appear in the written word, but we do not pronounce them (in Australian English). For example, "brilliant" has two spoken syllables only. These words can be problematic for spelling. Hidden Syllables.
CONFUSING SOUNDS WITH LETTER NAMES
Some students stumble in literacy because they confuse sounds with letter names. For example, they believe the letter r is used to write the sound in the middle of shark. This is important to identify early. There are ways that we can prevent this from happening too!
L FLAVOURS VOWELS
This is an interesting one for Australian spellers, particularly those in Victoria and QLD. It explains why students may use the letter a when writing the word "help". I see this error a lot and am constantly explaining to teachers why it occurs.