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When we spell out a word, we usually sound it out right? Well in the case of some words like  “because”, it doesn’t really work. “Cause” can be spelled/sounded out as “Cos”, “Caws”  and in addition to that the last ‘e’ is silent! Spelfabet is a really cool memorization technique which uses sentences to help spell out words. If you haven’t realized it yet, the above sentence is the spelling of “because”.

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The article also highlighted some interesting points regarding spelling:

  • When looking for a job, 75% of employers would reconsider hiring someone due to bad spelling/ grammar.
  • Learners require teaching that includes manipulating phonemes, segmenting & blending, small group work to be successful. Feedback is also important.
  • Students who see word spelling learn the meanings easier.
  • Memorize sight words a few at a time. Also use the words in writing and using it correctly often.

I really like this strategy, especially for younger grades because I have noticed how well my K/1’s are at remembering ever movement and song lyric to Jolly Phonics. I think learning phrases to help them spell would be very beneficial and I would like to try this in my practicum class for sure.

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6 thoughts on “Spelfabet”

  1. That is a really interesting way to spell words; through sentences, I had never thought of that, very creative and a great way to reinforce the spelling of words, it adds a visual and imaginative piece which I think helps appeal to diverse learner’s needs. Thanks for sharing!


  2. This is such a common thing you come across as a teacher! I find it to be difficult at times to explain the why part, especially when there is no rhyme or reason as to why a word is spelt the way it is! This is a great resource. Thank you for sharing. It’ll definitely be something I can come back to with my students! Thank you for sharing! 🙂


    1. Ya i really like this approach because some words have so many rules and it can be so confusing trying to explain that to a kindergarten student. I definitely want to incorporate this into my teaching!

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  3. This is such a great resource. A lot of my students have a hard time with words that they aren’t able to sound out. Have you used it with your class? I am. curious about how well they are able to memorize the sentences.


    1. I haven’t used it yet but i want to for sure!! I think that I would come up with a couple that we talk about every day for word we are working on. I know this would have been helpful for me when I was in school.


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