Do you have a problem with spelling? Do you know any children who do? Spelling is a common problem and it seems to be intensifying with time. Even with the advent of spell checkers, mistakes abound in the media and print sources.
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What can be done about improving spelling?
There are a few things that can be done to improve spelling. You know about drills and testing and yes, they do work, just not for all people. Let me tell you about a technique that can improve spelling quickly and permanently.
Sound too good to be true? I can understand. When I was a child, learning to read and learning to spell, I did not realize that so many kids in my class couldn’t spell as well as I did, for a very valid reason.
They didn’t have the same spelling strategy that I naturally did. It was difficult for them and while I am not a perfect speller, I am a very good speller. Watch, now everyone is going to be checking my blog posts for spelling errors! LOL
I would like to clarify that this spelling strategy might not work for a person with a true learning disability.
What is an NLP technique?
NLP, or neuro linguistic programming, sounds scarier than it actually is. In simple terms, NLP is a pattern of modeling a behavior or way of thinking. In other words, you find out HOW someone does something, that is, how someone REPRESENTS an idea or pattern in their mind, and you copy it. It is sort of like cheating but in a good way. : )
NLP techniques can be done simply and by yourself. If that doesn’t work, you might need the help of an NLP practitioner, who is basically a guide. That’s what I consider myself to be, a tour guide who shows you the way. I know the twists and turns and can show you the sights.
If you would like to try an NLP spelling strategy for yourself, here is a story, a story about a young dog named Daisy who teaches children to spell. You might find it interesting. I think that the children in your life will.
Click the link here to access the story in a pdf file. You may print it out for your kids or for yourself.
Overcoming Spelling Anxiety
If you have implemented the NLP spelling strategy and need further support, there could be other blocks. If you or your child have been:
Told by teachers that you are a terrible speller and, worst case scenario, stupid
Find yourself rushing, almost in a state of panic, when presented with a spelling challenge
Not storing the word in the right part of the brain (you did read the story, right? If not, go back and read it!)
You need to:
Realize that spelling is a learned skill and that the teachers were wrong
Learning any skill takes time
Have the right strategy. If you have the wrong strategy, it doesn’t matter how much confidence you have in your abilities or how much belief you have in yourself, you will fail
Be kind to yourself and be patient
Above all else, if you are learning this new NLP strategy to learn how to spell well or you are teaching it to a child, please have fun. Make a game out of it and enjoy yourself. Learning can be fun!!
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