However, I've always had a few children who have struggled with the phonemes, and this year isn't any different. After Christmas, I re-evaluated spelling groups, as I realised that I had a few children who were struggling to make progress with the phoneme study we were doing.
I decided to do onset and rime with them, to see if that was a better way for them to think about spelling patterns. While progress remains slow, using this different approach has allowed these kids to be more successful, and I've also seen a bit more transference of spelling skills from spelling tests to every day writing.
These children were also struggling with the concept of split phonemes, or 'magic E' words. To help with this, I made some flashcards that were based on the North Lanarkshire 'word wall' cards that you can find on my blog, but which emphasised how words change when you add the 'E' to the end of them:
In addition to the word wall/flash cards for these words, I've also made playing cards for the onset and rime patterns. These cards have the picture associated with a word on one side, and the word itself on the other side.
My kids use these cards to play the 'hula hoop' game, which is a fun way to practise the spelling patterns, as well as to check which words we know and where we are going wrong.
At the bottom of this post, I've linked to the various files I've created for the children in my class. I hope some of these resources will help some of your own struggling spellers, and save you some time in the process!