Mind’s Eye Spelling
Mind’s Eye spelling is a visual spelling strategy. I first used Mind’s Eye Spelling with a mature dyslexic learner with auditory processing difficulties. For years he had tried to spell words, unsuccessfully, by sounding them out. Using Mind’s Eye Spelling he was able to learn how to spell specific words and more importantly could remember how to spell the words.
Write the word the learner wants to spell.
Ask the learner to split the word into chunks. Do not worry about syllables.
dyslexia dy sle xia
With the learner looking at the word, get the learner to say the whole word and then say the letters in each chunk. Ask the learner to do this several times, getting them to say the chunks in different orders, for example:
- say the letters in the last chunk (x,i,a)
- say the letters in the first chunk (d,y)
- say the letters in the middle chunk (s,l,e)
With the learner still looking at the word ask the learner questions about the letters in the different chunks, for example:
- What is the first letter of the middle chunk?
- What is the last letter of the first chunk?
- What letter comes after x?
Ask the learner if they can see the word in their head. If they can’t, continue with steps 3 and 4 until they can. When they can, ask them to close their eyes and visualise the word. Ask them to say the letters in the different chunks and ask them the same type of questions in step 4.
With their eyes still closed ask the learner to spell the word out loud. If they get it correct, ask them to spell the word backwards. When the learner can do this ask them to open their eyes and write the word down.
- It is important to allow the learner time to absorb each chunk.
- Provide prompts where necessary.
- Do not try and get the learner to learn too many words at once. For some learners one word per week may be enough.
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