My brother is going into 7th grade and he still doesn't know how to spell simple word like people. What can we do to help his vocabulary. We don't want him to go into high school and be made fun of?


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HappyTo BeHereTo Profile

Spelling is hard for many students.  Your parents and his teachers should take the lead in helping him.  Being a supportive kind sister is plenty for you to handle.  😊

Here are a couple of links for your parents to read.

They may also wish to have him tested for learning differences, such as dyslexia.  The knowledge gained from testing can guide his learning program.

Bikergirl Anonymous Profile

There many ways to help him practice his spelling .. Phonics is a skill that requires drills and practice.

This is not a unique problem .. Sadly a lot of students fall through the cracks (so to speak) and can make it right through to high school graduation and remain illiterate.

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

There are tutors and online programs that can help. He should also have his eyesight tested as well as being tested for a learning disability. Just remember, and remind him, that many people with learning disabilities have higher IQs.

KB Baldwin Profile
KB Baldwin answered

I was also a terrible speller.  Actually still am but thank a computer person for spell-checker.  I problem was that I learned to read before I began school - the see and say method.  As a result, I just kinda tap-danced my way thru the phonetics part of the curriculum.  I learned early that if I was not ABSOLUTELY sure, to look it up. 

However, the checking for disabilities is important.  A friend was a specialist in the field, and worked for a local community college.  She said it was amazing the number of students who had struggled all thru school who would come to her because they couldn't keep up in college.  Turns out that all along they had a disability that could be compensated for years ago. 

Virginia Lou Profile
Virginia Lou answered

Dear Anonymous,

I will tell you what I did with my godchild, although she was younger at the time than your brother...

Choose a book that he loves, and read to him. THEN he takes his turn, reading to you...

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My god daughter loved all this very much...finally got so she would wait graciously until I had finished my turn reading, then she would gently point out all my mistakes! It was wonderful, improved her vocabulary, reading, spelling, speaking, self-esteem, everything.

Oh...another suggestion she and I did...write letters to special people! Former teachers, relatives, all kinds of wonderful people...we also sent people gifts from the dollar store with notes accompanying. Fun, and you learn to work with words and love language...

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KB Baldwin commented
That is basically how I learned to read. My grandmother would read the same stories over and over to me (Mostly at my insistence - I really liked the Gingerbread Man) and after a while, I recognized the word groups.

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