Ways to remember spellings ie effect / affect. Homophones, timetables etc?

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Shoeshelpplease Fri 28-Sep-18 06:07:14

I remember at school our teachers used to give us simple ways in which to remember spellings of homophones and even some tricky timetables. I cant really remember them and they dont seem to teach them in school anymore.

Any great rhymes, ditties, songs etc to help remember such stuff?

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HaringeyNatalie Fri 28-Sep-18 12:50:37

I think it's worth trying different techniques to know what sort of learner your child is - aural (then yes rhymes and songs etc might be good), visual (games might work where you see say homophones written / coloured in correct sentences), kinaesthetic (physically moving words / numbers - use sand or play doh or physically moving themselves to correct word or number that's pinned up somewhere.)

There are some good apps you could try for spellings such as Squeebles (I haven't personally tried this but heard about it from someone I trust) - I imagine you could input the spelling words you want to focus on. I'm just not sure if putting in 'affect and effect' works without the context.

My mum (a retired maths teacher) developed this card game for times tables and you can pick out say the cards for the 3 and 4 times tables and focus on them. It comes with different ways to play - either an adult and child, a group of children together or a child alone.

It uses rhyme, image, colour and patterns to help children of all learning styles.

Norestformrz Fri 28-Sep-18 19:39:20

Effect is a noun affect is a verb

RSTera Fri 28-Sep-18 20:28:29

My favourite is 'I ate and ate until I was sick on the floor'. (8x8 = 64)

EduCated Fri 28-Sep-18 20:36:46

I remember practice/practise by comparing with advice/advise - advice being the noun, advise the verb (at least in the U.K.).

StationEry has an E for envelope.

I used to remember beautiful by saying be-ee-ay-yu-tiful in a really exaggerated voice in my head.

Can’t think of any more! Though pretty sure the visual/aural/kinaesthetic stuff has largely been debunked as bollocks.

BringOnTheScience Sat 29-Sep-18 00:13:57

Colour Of Light Opens Up Rainbows

Could Old Uncle Like Dancing?
Would Old Uncle Like Dancing?
SHould Old Uncle Like Dancing?!

People Eat Omlettes: People Like Eggs

Ouch44 Sat 29-Sep-18 03:47:24

Not sure how to link threads in the app but someone had put some mnemonics on their reply to a thread the other day titled "how do I teach spellings" or something like that.


Ouch44 Sat 29-Sep-18 03:51:46


Why can't I teach spellings?! http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/amii_being_unreasonable/3365963-why-can-t-i-teach-spellings

Norestformrz Sat 29-Sep-18 06:58:29

Practice/practise. Advice/advise. Remember ice is a noun so if it ends in ice it's also a noun

user789653241 Sat 29-Sep-18 09:52:01

That's a great tip, mrz. I always get confused with ce/se. Thanks!

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