Part 5: Tricky words

Techniques for teaching spelling - mnemomics

Some words are outrageously irregular or notoriously difficult for the children to spell. Mnemonics can be useful here. They generally start in the second year of school. It helps if these are developed as a whole school policy, to prevent confusion when the children go to new classes. The following could be used:

laugh: laugh at ugly goat’s hair

people: people eat omelettes, people like eggs

because: bec ….ants under smelly elephants

could, should, would: o u lucky duck

(The initial ‘c, s’ and ‘w’ are regular)