There are a number of ways to learn tricky words:
1. Look, Cover, Write and Check. Look at the word to see which bit is tricky. Ask the child to try writing the word in the air saying the letters. Cover the word over and see if the child can write it correctly. Check to make sure.
2. Say it as it sounds. Say the word so each sound is heard. For instance, the word was is said was “wass”, to rhyme with mass, the word Monday is said as Mon-day.
3. Mnemonics. The initial letter of each word in a saying gives the correct spelling of a word. For instance, laugh – Laugh At Ugly Goat´s Hair.
4. Using joined-up writing also improves spelling.
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