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  1. People with experience with kids with spelling issues, I need your help thinking this through... Although I need some help figuring out what spelling program to use with my daughter, I would like to get to the root of the issue of why my 11 yr old, currently in 5th grade, daughter struggles so much with spelling. Here is what I see happening: ( I am by no means a reading specialist or expert, so please forgive my feeble attempt at explaining this. Please feel free to ask any questions to clarify.) I believe she probably has issues with reading. She doesn't automatically break words into syllables or sound them out correctly. I have her read aloud to me daily and she skips small words, or guesses at the words. The other day she saw the word "psychology" and said, "What is puh-see-cho-lo-gee." We've been through AAS levels 1-3 and Megawords 1. She knows all the phonograms and phonemes, knows the rules, but doesn't apply them. She consistently mispells simple words like just-jest, little-littel, poster-poaster. She adds in letters where they aren't needed, adds syllables in her words that aren't there, like border-borader. I just get the feeling like there's something going on that keeps her from hearing the difference between al and el, bid and bed. She struggles more with the short vowel sounds (hearing it in order to spell it correctly), and more with the long vowel spelling (knowing how which way to spell the long vowel sound, like when to choose e_e, ee, ea, ey, ei). I guess I'm not too clear on the why's behind things ( I have the ABC's and All Their tricks in my wishlist), but I just do it naturally, so I'm not sure how to explain them to her. It has NOT worked to say, just memorize the words. She'll spell out words phonetically, but still incorrectly, so many times she'll have all the sounds and usually in the right order, but not choose the write way to spell those sounds. Besides this she struggles terribly with remember rules of grammar and punctuation as well. We've been doing R&S grammar and before that Intermediate Language Lessons, and before that FLL. So she has had some informal but quite a bit of formal grammar. She struggles terribly with the titles of things, the names of things like today we were reviewing what a pronoun, proper noun, possessive adjective (or noun), plural and preposition mean. We've been doing proper noun since 1st grade and she still only gets it right about half the time. SHE IS INTELLIGENT and super creative. She does well in her other subjects. She loves to read to herself, though I often wonder how much she really comprehended. She seems to get the overall picture, but maybe not all the vocab or details. But she can memorize songs incredibly easily. She memorized the complete words to several of the School House Rock songs after having listened to them only 2 or 3 times. Every single word was perfect! I've finally convinced her to write no matter how many mistakes she has in spelling, because her sentence formation is actually pretty good. She can write some very beautiful and descriptive sentences. But the other day she wrote a story that was a page and a half long, and had 47 spelling mistakes besides quite often having errors in capitalization. What I think I should do: This is up for suggestions and redirection... She hates studying grammar and spelling. She has been doing Megawords this year but I have not seen much improvement, except for in vocabulary. She does seem to enjoy it though. But she has not liked any grammar program I have done with her. This year she is doing Writing Strands 3 and it has improved her writing resiliance quite a lot--she write more quantity and is learning how to organize her writing much better. I have been sitting down with her more the last few weeks to go over her writing with her. This has been painful in the past because she hates seeing me point out mistakes. But we've been trying to make this constructive and I think we hit on something here. I know I have to continue doing this, but to take the pain out of learning this way, I thought about doing a daily paragraph editing program, like the one from Evan Moor (we wouldn't be tearing apart something she wrote). I also thought about doing MCT, starting fresh with grammar and giving her the chance to learn to love grammar and playing with words. And I have no clear direction where to go with spelling. Do I continue with Megawords and hope that through syllabication and learning the rules and maturity she'll get it. I've checked out Sequential Spelling, would she learn and grow through this method of "learning through making mistakes" and learn the patterns intuitively. It makes some sense to me. I've been hearing a lot about Phonetic Zoo as well. Demanding mastery of each word list, using auditory jingles to learn the rules...sounds promising. I just don't know where to go from here. I want to give her the ability to overcome this, but I don't know how to lead her. Please help me if you have had a struggling spelling/reader. How did you help them...
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