Will My Child Always Struggle With Spelling?
August 30, 2023
Can’t My Kids Just Use Spellcheck?
Does spelling have to be a separate subject when homeschooling? Why can’t my kids just use spellcheck? With technology advancing, and autocorrect moving at full speed, how important is spelling? Even though the tools are there, we must remember that they are simply tools. Just because someone picks up a piece of clay and sits down at a potter’s wheel, it does not mean they know how to use the tools. I am speaking from experience. I have clay, glazes, wheel, and kiln, but I do not yet have the skill to create beautiful masterpieces. Once my kids are older, I hope to perfect the art, but just because I have the tools in my basement, does not mean I am a ceramic artist. It is the same with spelling.
If you place a proficient speller next to a struggling one and ask them to write a three-paragraph email, the struggling one will often take a significantly longer time doing so. Maybe you see this in your own family. Two children have the same assignment. One breezes through it while the other one is stuck at the kitchen table for hours. The assignment gets completed in both cases, but so much time is lost for the struggling speller. Efficiency is key and your struggling speller will begin to thrive when he is able to learn tips and tricks that will help him grasp the basics.
We use Spelling Power in our homeschool. It has been a lifesaver. Using phonics, mastery, hands-on activities, and more, children can learn concepts in a way that builds confidence. I only spend ten to fifteen minutes a day per child with this program. To be honest, sometimes when I am busy with the littles, the older two will work together, getting their spelling completed for the day without my intervention. It is wonderful. Building blocks are key when it comes to spelling skills, and I am thankful for the resources available to create the foundation my children need to become proficient spellers.
About the author
Heather, her husband, and five kids homeschool and homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In addition to writing on her blog, Thrift Schooling (ThriftSchooling.com), Heather has been published in several publications including Focus on the Family Magazine, War Cry Magazine, and Brio Magazine. Heather holds a BA in Christian ministries and currently works in the marketing department of The Old Schoolhouse®.
Does your child struggle with reading and spelling? It may be dyslexia. Dyslexia is a language processing issue that affects accurate and fluent reading and spelling. You may notice that your child has difficulty with phonological awareness, verbal memory, and procedural memory. It is estimated that nearly 20% of people have dyslexia. Studies show that it is genetic, and children have a 50% chance of having dyslexia if one parent is dyslexic and a 100% chance if both parents are.
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Raising Real Men
Will My Child Always Struggle with Spelling?
In our decades of homeschooling, we’ve heard so many different things about spelling: “Just teach them phonics and they’ll be fine.” “A good reader makes a good speller.” “What you need is a good spelling curriculum.” “This is the only curriculum that works.” “No, this one is.”
What’s the truth?
We had one child that has never misspelled anything in his life. And another who struggled to spell one-syllable words in middle school. Same parents. Same education. Same spelling programs.
Here’s what we decided: Some kids just don’t need to be taught to spell. Any spelling curriculum will work for them, or even no program at all.
Other kids can’t learn to spell the way it’s usually taught. They need more whole-word, right-brain methods. They need color, graphics, story, and emotion for words to really sink in and stay.
At least that’s what finally worked for our son! We taught him the most common words in the English language. I’m an awful artist, but we turned those words into pictures and color and we made up silly stories—and he started learning!
He learned to spell more words in an app that he used for Bible memory. Somehow, typing sank in where handwriting never did.
When he went to college, his papers would have five or ten misspelled words on every page—and that was a huge improvement! But by the time he graduated, he only had about five misspelled words in a twenty-page paper full of technical jargon and complex words!
So, even a child who misspells so badly even spellcheck can’t figure out what word he meant can learn to write successfully—it’s going to be okay, Mama!
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About the author
Hal & Melanie Young are the award-winning, best-selling authors of Raising Real Men, No Longer Little, and Love, Honor, and Virtue. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (five grown!) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.
Inability to Spell? What’s a Mama to Do?
Every child has strengths and every child has weaknesses. We are quick to point out the places where our child excels and cower in the corner when faced with the moment our child uses “are” for the word “our” or when they misspell the word squirrel five different ways in the same writing assignment. <deep breath> When a child struggles, our Mama heart pines for the trial to cease.
After thirty years of homeschooling, I have discovered a secret. There’s strength in the struggle.
What we often miss as we search for the perfect curriculum that will make the heartache disappear, is that the struggle forges character—the kind of character we long to see in our child, like perseverance and humility. If we can sit beside our child and assist them with encouragement and opportunities, we will see strength emerge, not only in the skill of spelling, but in their ability to overcome an obstacle.
Dear Mama, please stay away from despair. Don’t personalize your child’s struggle with spelling as a failure on your part. We homeschool moms are good at this self-defeating talk. Unfortunately, your despair leaks easily into your child’s well-being.
What’s my superpower? I build neuro-pathways, one neuron connection at a time, however long it takes. And that’s your superpower too! “I’m glad God never told me where the finish line is,” one mama told me when she shared her dyslexic daughter’s journey. Short daily lessons using all five senses to transmit information into our students’ brains will build strong neuro-pathways that will serve them well in any career God has created for them.
Struggling spellers are often brimming with creativity, the kind of creativity that makes them excellent authors. This is one of their strengths that hides behind all those misspelled words. Our job is to remove the barriers, tap into their creativity, and let them write stories! Some of my best young authors are those who struggle to spell well. I don’t miss an opportunity to tell them, “Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t be a writer because you struggle with spelling.”
Your child’s character defines him, not his inability to spell. <repeat this phrase as often as needed>
About the author
Beth Mora is creator/teacher-on-camera for Here to Help Learning’s Homeschool Writing Program (grades 1–6) and homeschool conference and women’s events speaker. She loves to blog at Home to Home. She serves up HTHL’s Writing Tip of the Week for those teaching their kiddos to write. Everything she does, whether laughable or heart-gripping, is done to honor One. God’s grace is the salve that has healed her own life and is what she offers liberally to others.
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“Will My Child Always Struggle with Spelling?” It’s Episode 31 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. Homeschool mom Heather Vogler shares ideas and resources you can use to tailor spelling instruction to carefully meet each child’s unique needs. You’ll also hear about connections between reading, writing, and spelling. Plus gain beautiful insight on the topic by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon, author of the beloved Spelling Power curriculum. Find a treasure of possibilities for your homeschool found in the show notes at HomeschoolShow.com.
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for the month of August
21st Century Triad Math
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Math can be extremely challenging, especially if you are a parent that struggled with math yourself. The online program 21st Century Triad Math taught by Dr. Craig Hane (aka Dr. Del) and his course Triad Math Inc. may be a solution to your math dilemma.
The courses are taught through tutorial videos, PDFs, notes, and exercises to print out. Answer keys are available for each online exercise. Each Tier also has a printed Notes and Exercise book if you prefer not to print out the notes and exercises yourself. Looking through the Dr. Del’s Math: Tier 1 Notes and Exercises physical book we received, I see the same material as found in the online PDFs. A few of the online exercises had a slight variation from the book. The book is not a stand-alone workbook, and you will need the online lesson portions.
21st Century Triad Math is unique and unlike any math curriculum we have used. The aspect that makes this unique is that the lessons move at a faster pace. At the same time, Dr. Del breaks the lessons into steps to help master topics. Surprisingly, the fast pace does not diminish the learning aspect of it. Some topics are not covered as they are obsolete; Dr. Del felt the topics did not need to be covered. The whole delivery of teaching the topics is different than other programs. My son likes the way the program teaches the concepts. He is doing well in the course and wants to continue moving forward with it. I must admit that I am a bit old-school in my ways. The reality is my son is not old-school and more technically adapted to today’s world. He plans on going into a career where he will need the skills that heavily rely on math and engineering. I want to give him the tools he needs to succeed in the future.
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