Welcome to Day 2 in my 5 Day Series of Mnemonics. If you missed the introduction, check it out here so you don’t miss anything.
How will kin you spel? Ar you a gud spellr?
I know with texting, our spelling has morphed into “shortcuts”. But there are still right and wrong ways to spell words. And sometimes we need a little help to remember all those spelling rules. And that’s where mnemonics can help!
Let’s start with the one we probably all know (and love!):
“I” before “E” except after “C”, or in rhyming with “A”, as in neighbor or weigh.
Here’s some more:
The “Floss” Rule –
One-syllable words ending in F, L, or S after a short vowel will usually end in a double consonant.
(examples: cliff, bill, pass)
When to drop the final E-
The E will fly
Before you try
To add a vowel ending.
(examples: save to saving, saved. nerve to nervous. EXCEPTIONS – courageous, noticeable. The reason these are exceptions is the E is still needed to make the G and C to make their “soft” sounds.)
When to Capitalize-
Days, Months, I (pronoun), Names (of people, places, things), Titles, Start of sentence
I also have a lot of little triggers to help how to remember problem words so if you have a word in particular that you are always misspelling, give me a comment and I’ll see if I can help you out 🙂
For example, my husband is always asking me if forty is “forty” or “fourty”. Here’s a mnemonic to help remember the correct spelling:
You were fortunate to find forty dollars in front of the fort.
Hope this series is helping you and keep checking back this week. Until tomorrow, check out my fellow TOS Crew members who are also doing a 5 Day Series.
Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool ~ Homeschooling with Excessive Energy
Lexi @ Lextin Academy ~ The Homeschool Dad, CEO
Lynn @ Ladybug Chronicles ~ Organizing Your Home and School
Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm ~ Homeschooling Thankfulness
Melissa @ Mom’s Plans ~ Historical Field Trips
Karen @ Tots and Me ~ Making Geography Fun
Amy @ Homeschool Encouragement ~ Lego Learning
Erin @ For Him and My Family ~ Record Keeping