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Old 12-02-2003, 06:51 AM
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What is the best way to teach your first grader how to spell when you have an accents?
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:25 PM
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Happy face Learning letters & spelling

When my kids were first starting school & had to learn their letters, I had them spell out their name & the words they were learning by using a scrabble board & letters. I made a game of it for them.. they didn't seem to mind doing their letters & words that way & they learned to recognize the letters faster. Of course, the letters on the tiles in the game were all capital letters but it did help.
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:47 PM
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For beginners I think it is important to know the big letter ABC sounds and the little letter abc sounds, there is a difference and it helps you to sound out the words it also helps you learn to spell the words.
One of our fave games when learning was to find a 2 or 3 letter word "ice" and see what letters you could put in front to make a bigger word, nice, mice etc then bigger, price, slice etc. My kids are great readers and spellers they were reading to the pre school class.
Most importantly make it fun and it's no big deal to make a mistake.
If you have an accent make a game of learning together, so that they can see we all make mistakes if you fluff it LOL
Maybe audio cassets from the library?

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Old 02-09-2007, 08:39 PM
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I firmly believe in phonics. There are several good programs. I have a Texas accent and didn't really think about my accent until I homeschooled my children. When I first started and was teaching phonics we came across the word "pen." In Texas, we say pen, "pin" due to our accents. I just said it the way is supposed to be said properly (although it sounded so weird lol). Then, I explained to my children that in Texas our accents don't sound proper, but that this was the proper way to say it. It also gave me the opportunity to discuss not only our culture, but others. For example, I would explain how people in Boston don't pronounce their Rs, but it is there. I hope that helps.
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:53 AM
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Good ideas there barbszy. DeBora, I agree phonics is important. There has been a major move away from it here, but I think it is gradually creeping back in.
We used to put shaving foam on the shower wall and let ds write his words in the foam, wipe over and do his next word. The foam helped clean the shower too! He would practice just before he showered!
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:27 AM
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There are Crayons made of soap that your little one can write on the wall with to learn his/her letters...

I used Flash Cards,that you can make yourself...my son had a hard time learning in school,and the flash cards helped him sound out the letters and spelling,I even did some up for him for math...

I also made cards with words on them such as Couch,and put the card on the Couch...Sink,table,chair...etc...I did this with my oldest grandson also...we made a game of it...I would ask him where the table was and he would point to it and take the card off of it,he would sound out the word and then spell it out...

Also you can buy Foam Letters to teach your child his/her alphabets...
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:26 AM
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I agree DEBORA, Megrayau when my kids used hooked on phonics it helped so much they could read and speak better
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