There’s one BIG problem with writing about spelling … everyone is waiting for you to make spelling mistakes. And they love to tell you when you do!
So I have to be really careful. But there are some words that I have problems spelling, like:
rhythm, weird, broccoli, graffiti
So I’ve had to find ways to remember these using mnemonics (little tricks to help you remember something).
Rhythm: Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move
Weird: You probably know that spelling ‘rule’ : ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’. It’s a is a rubbish rule, as there are so many exceptions (eight, weight, height, seize, beige, caffeine, society, science, ancient …) but I always remember that ‘weird’ doesn’t follow the rule because it’s… weird.
Broccoli: Two ‘c’s and one ‘l’? Or one ‘c’ and two ‘l’s? I found a way to remember. The ‘occo’ in the middle of the word looks a bit like the little round things that make up the top of a broccoli floret . You may have to squint to see it, but, hey, it works for me.
Graffiti: Two ‘f’s or two ‘t’s? I have a way to remember this too, but I’m not going to tell you because it’s rude!
To make mnemonics really memorable they are best if they are:
Personalised – what will help you remember
Amusing – if it makes you laugh you’ll remember
Meaningful – it means something to you
Pictorial – it should create a picture in your mind
Easy to remember – not too complicated
Rude – this really helps.
In other words, PAMPER yourself with mnemonics. You’re worth it!
Do you have any spelling mnemonics to share? If so, leave a comment.
Want to know more about teaching spelling? Go to www.elgweb.net/