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Using Memory Cues
Spelling Using Memory Cues
by: Betsy B. Lee,
Ed.S. in School Psychology
Students will learn memory strategies for spelling.
pencil and paper
Review the many examples on this page of the Learning Abilities Books
The basic memory principle in this lesson plan is
to associate, or link, something you need to remember to something you
already know. It might be a silly association or a logical association.
It just needs to be a memorable association. Cues need to be relevant,
non-ambiguous associations. Do is in the word, does. Ear
is in the word, hear, meaning to listen. Here is spelled like there
as in here and there. Many helpful examples are on the website
including how to remember there, their, and they're.
I've seen LD kids really relate to this strategy. It is a concrete method
which works when other systems fail.
Real World Usage:
Once children are introduced to this concept, they can often contribute
great ideas. Ask for their ideas but make sure to guide them to use cues
which are relevant, non-ambiguous associations. They can come up with
Additional Web Resources:
This page of the Learning Abilities books site has plans for other memory
strategies, vocabulary development, left and right, etc.