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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

How to Spell F.A.M.I.L.Y

It’s Tuesday, Movie Review Day, but I managed to get a new spelling word in. The movies at the theatre were not greatly pleasing to Boy so he chose to get a family video from the store. After watching it, he decided he wanted to play and think about what he is going to put in his movie review later on this afternoon.

“Do you know how to spell family?” I casually enquired of Boy while he was entrenched in a Burning Crusade.

“Yep. F.A.M.L.Y.” I smiled as he turned around for my assurance that he was correct. “Well, how do you spell it then?” he asked dejected.

I printed out a memory aid that had just been received in my inbox and handed it to him.

FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU

Although he found it hilarious, I can almost guarantee that it hit the spot and he will spell FAMILY correctly next time.

To read the full story around FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU, have a look at what I’ve posted on Child Protection: Serious Business. The story was so poignant that I thought it worthy of sharing.

Resources I am using to help me help Boy with his spelling:

Ten Tips for Better Spelling

Strategies For Better Spelling

7 comments:

Holly said...

What a great little visual! I like that one. My daughter needs a lot of association to learn things too. Thanks for sharing!

Hugs,
Holly
Holly's Corner
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Megan Bayliss said...

Hi Holly

welcome and thanks for leaving a comment.

I just love this little learning aid. My son has spelt family correctly every time since I gave him this hint.

And thanks so much for letting me know that you came here via the Carnival of Family Life. It's always nice to know where readers find me from.

M

skeet said...

What a terrific mnemonic to help a child learn to spell this ever-so-important word! Perfect!

First time visitor from the Carnival of Family Life.

Megan Bayliss said...

Hello and welcome Skeet.

You know, my son is still spelling FAMILY correctly. It has worked beautifully with him.

My 20 year old spelt it F.A.M.I.L.E. When I shared the mnemonic with her she was very embarrassed!!!!!!

Lisa said...

What a wonderful way to remember how to spell family.

Here via the carnival of family life.

kailani said...

I think I'll use this on my daughter. Thanks!

Here from the Carnival of Family Life

Megan Bayliss said...

Hi Kailani from Hawai,

glad you may be able to use it.

I've got to tell all you Carnival of Family Lifers that it's great the way you leave a comment saying you're here via C of FL. It's nice to know how people are finding my site.

I also rather like the photo competition you've got running Kailani. What a TERRIFIC idea for inspiration. I think I may even enter it.

Other readers, pop over to Kailani's site and vote for my inspiration if you consider it sufficient reason to be inspired by.

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