Learn to Spell Any Word Permanently ...

Use the 3 SPELLING ACTIVITIES that work the best!

FREE TRAINING shows exactly ...

how to use and remember them

Use the training yourself or help someone else learn!

You know what it's like ...

You can't spell a word, and what's worse ...

you can't remember a rule or trick to help you remember the spelling!

Or maybe your spelling isn't the problem ...

Maybe spelling is easy for you,

but you want to help someone who doesn't get it.

You'll find the help you need below ...

Is there a best way to learn to spell any word?

Is there a best way to learn to spell a word?

Can we trust spelling rules?
Does read, copy, write, work?
Should you write a word out 3 times? 5 times?
Can phonics help?

Few people agree on the answers to these questions. Yet we all need to learn to spell new words throughout our lives; so we all need to know how to learn new words.

  • Students learn to spell new words throughout their school years
  • Children need our help preparing for spelling tests
  • Employees and business owners learn new words as work changes

Even many of the things we do for pleasure, like reading and word games, benefit from a growing vocabulary.

So what is the best way to learn a word, and why is that still such a mystery?

The learning methods mentioned above have their place. They also have their limitations. Rules and phonics may explain some spellings but they don't help learners master unfamiliar words or change bad habits. Words misspelled for months, or even years, won't be fixed by explanations, copying, or a little repetition. Something more is needed. Perhaps the best way to learn to spell is still a mystery to most, because none of the recommended methods go far enough.

We all need a method that helps us ...

Spell a word correctly first-time-every-time, as we write it,

without interrupting our train of thought!

Imagine a learning method that combines the most helpful strategies, and also turns learning into habits. Now imagine that method is also fun to use, easy to learn, and easy to remember!

You don't really need to imagine such a method.  You're about to learn how to use a method, or help someone use a method, that works like magic and takes just minutes ...

Are you ready to use the 3 activities?

You need a word to learn. If you've come to this page from the Wordskillz™ Spelling Quiz, you, or your learner, may already have a word. If you haven't done the Quiz yet, click on this link.

NOTE: Are you using this method to help someone else? You can do the Quiz with them, then help them practice the method. Or just sample the method yourself for now.

Got your word? Let's get started!

THE BEST WAY TO LEARN A WORD IS

ACTUALLY

3 DIFFERENT WAYS!

Learn to Spell any word with Sensory, Memory and Linking Activities

Hi, I'm Janet, an educator who specializes in helping people build and repair word skills. I've helped thousands of people get the skills they need and now it's your turn ...

You're about to learn the Wordskillz™ SMiLe Formula© for learning spelling words! If you remember to 'SMiLe', you'll remember to use the 3 activities in the right order:

Wordskillz™ SMiLe Formula© 

  1.  Sensory Activities are a great place to begin. They're fun to use, and work like magic! Use all 4 steps and you'll be amazed!
  2. Memory Activities work like crazy glue to make spellings stick in your brain. These 4 steps strengthen and reinforce spelling efforts.
  3. Linking Activities connect the word being learned to one already known creating an unbreakable bond. These last 4 steps makes it possible to remember the correct spelling first-time-every-time!

When you bake cookies ...

Do you memorize the recipe and then get started? You don't, do you! You use the recipe one step at a time. What's more, you never skip steps or use them out of order! You use each step in succession.

Once we've covered the activities of the SMiLe Formula©, I'll show you how to get a PDF of the 12-step 'recipe' for learning spelling words. That way, you'll be able to keep the formula handy, so you can follow it step by step and use the best activities in the best order.

Before you learn the best activities for learning spelling words ...

There is something you should know. No one ever misspells a word, at least not a whole word! At most, one or two sounds will be misspelled. So for example, even if the word 'speech' is spelled like 'peach', only one of the four sounds is being misspelled: s p ea ch.

In the directions below, you will focus attention on particular sound-spellings, the parts of the word that give you, or your learner, the most trouble. If you think about it, this makes a lot more sense than thinking of the whole word as being a problem. If you have a flat tire, you change the tire, you don't replace the car!

When letters in words are being learned or fixed, don't make the problem seem bigger than it is. Take credit for what you, or your learner, has done right. Then focus your attention like a laser on the spot where it's needed.

Are you ready to use the Wordskillz™ SMiLe Formula© on your challenging word?

You'll need:  

  • Some blank paper
  • A pen or pencil
  • 3 Crayons (1 black, 2 coloured)

Use the steps yourself, or read them out loud if you're helping someone else learn.

SENSORY ACTIVITIES

  1. Look at the word and say the name of each of the letters.
  2. Don’t look at the word and say the letter names (pausing between letter groups if helpful).
  3. Still not looking, repeat the letter names over and over to a steady beat. Repeat the letter names out loud a few more times saying them faster and faster.
  4. While saying the name of each letter, finger draw the word in the air at head height using big letters. Then, do the same while finger-writing on the forearm.

MEMORY ACTIVITIES

  1. Write the word on a blank sheet of paper and underline any difficult sound-spellings. Then take a coloured pencil and outline the challenging sound-spelling(s). Now, take a different colour and closely outline the shape of the word.
  2. Write the word again in large black letters and hold the page up high. Look at the word. Then close your eyes and try picturing the word in your mind’s eye. Still with eyes closed, name each letter, and in your mind’s eye, highlight challenging parts with imaginary colour.
  3. Cover previous writing and say the names of each of the letters as you write the word from memory with the eyes closed and/or write with the hand not normally used.
  4. Make up a memory trick such as a spelling pronunciation or saying. You can:
    • Say the word the way it’s spelled not the way it sounds. For example, say ‘fry’ ‘end’ to remember the spelling of ‘friend’, or sound the silent letter to remember the ‘b’ in ‘climb’.
    • Say “I’ll stands for I will”, or “Add a hyphen to show numbers belong together in ‘fifty-two’”, or “Add an apostrophe ‘s’ to show something belongs to something else.”

Finally, fold away previous writing and say the memory aid out as you write the word.

LINKING ACTIVITIES

  1. Find a word or two with the same sound-spelling and link the two words to compare them:
    • Choose words in which the letters make the same sound, or not, such as 'eat' 'meat' or 'eat great bread'.
    • Add suffixes, like 's' or 'ed', if you can’t find similar words, For example, link 'phone', 'phones' and 'phoned'. Or if the problem is a result of adding a suffix you could link ‘dropped’ and ‘stopped’.
    • Find other words that have hyphens or apostrophes. For example, link ‘sixty-four’ and ‘fifty-two’ and ‘you’ll’ with ‘I’ll’.
  2. Once you have a word or words to link to, write the word and linking word(s) as you say them. Then underline the sound-spellings the words share.
  3. Make up a sentence that includes the words you want to compare. For example, you could say, "I'll phone her once I've phoned you." If you confuse the spelling of two words that sound the same, you could say, 'I'll have two too." or "Their house is there."
  4. Then write the words as you say the sentence, and underline the sound-spellings the words share.

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