Most of the lessons include a video & exercise -click on the links below.

Check out my new longer videos & Spelling Rules Course on my Curious.com/howtospell page - click here

The Foundations
Spelling Strategies- to help you remember difficult spellings
Look Say Cover Write Check
How Words are Built
Building words with prefixes & suffixes part 1 - intro
Building words with prefixes & suffixes part 2 - prefixes
Building words with prefixes & suffixes part 3 - suffixes
Building words with prefixes & suffixes part 4 - the spelling rules
Some important things to know
Long and short vowel sounds word contrasts
Glossary of terms/ language of spelling
What is Standard English?

Top Ten Spelling Tips (more coming)
Spelling tip number 1 - Spelling vs. Reading
Spelling tip number 2 - Understand why English spelling is so confusing.
Spelling tip number 3 - How to remember & stop forgetting spellings.
Spelling tip number 4 - Spelling vs. Speaking.
Spelling tip number 5 - Use memory tricks.
Spelling tip number 6 - Use syllable breakdown.
Spelling tip number 7 - Take an interest in words.
Spelling tip number 8 - The do's and don'ts of spelling
Spelling tip number 9 - Knowing spelling rules (The Top Ten Spelling Rules)

The Rules ( I have some new, improved, longer videos with worksheets on Curious.com/howtospell)
Magic 'e' Silent 'e'
Drop the 'e' Rule
The i before e Rule
1:1:1 doubling up rule
Silent Letters- the history & rules
The letter c
Only use full when full - adding -ful to words
Adding all, full, till to words
Patterns & rules for words ending in - le
The rules & spelling of write, writing, written, wrote

Plural Rules information
y to ies or s plural rule
Adding -es plural rule
Making words ending in O plural
Plural -ves or -fs rule

Letter Patterns
Letter patterns & word families
letter pattern poem- spelling v speaking
Words ending in -tion, -sion, -cian
Spelling words with -ible-or-able
How to spell the "sh" sound
Words with the -gh- letter pattern
Why is there a 'w' in two
One & once pronunciation
spelling the 'f' sound

Commonly confused words + homophones
What are homophones?
there, they're, their
to, too, two
a lot of or lots of
of and off
lose and loose
"Will not = won't, why?"
quit, quite, quiet
though, through, thorough, thought

Spelling v Pronunciation
Spelling v pronunciation- letter pattern poem
Spelling vs Pronunciation
Spelling tip number 4 - Spelling vs Speaking.

British v American Spellings
British v American Spellings - info & video
-ise or -ize?

NEW! Punctuation
A quick look at punctuation
Using capital letters
Apostrophes 1 - contractions/short forms
Apostrophes 2 - possession

Expert Spelling Advice from Joanne Rudling - my guest blog on Ultimate Spelling website
Quick lesson on memory and the brain

Guest videos/podcasts
The Inside Story of English Spelling by Paquita Boston- guest podcast
Spelling for Life by Lyn Stone - guest podcast
Silent letters pronunciation - guest video
History of English in 10 minutes - guest video
The Keys to Success by Eben Pagan - guest video
*Video - Why we need to fail by Derek Sivers
*Video - It's a good day to make mistakes - the perfectionism cure

Guest Lessons
Word Endings by Johanna Stirling (PowerPoint presentation)
7 Common Mistakes Writers Should Avoid by Ben Russel
8 Useful Tips on Editing Your Writing by Lois Weldon
Brush up Your Writing Skills by Julie Carr
Too clever to spell by Jessica Salter Telegraph article
18 ideas and best tips for practicing school year learning during the summer months - guest blog from NannyPro.com. Including spelling tips



Click here for some worksheets to print off

Click here for people's stories & what they've said about their spelling.

Click here for the books I recommend on spelling, the history of spelling/English, dictionaries and books on writing.



Most people think English spelling is crazy and illogical. It's true there
are irregular spellings because it includes lots of words from other languages.

The good news - there are rules, patterns and reasons why some words
are spelled the way they are. So it's important to start taking an interest in words, the history, see the patterns and rules, and gain confidence in your spelling. And then you'll learn to love it.

Spelling matters. We need to write emails, application forms, Facebook,
Twitter, course work, work reports and helping your children. You need to be able to spell correctly to get your meaning across so people can understand you.

Using a good dictionary and the spellchecker on the computer can
help but it won't help with homophones (same sound, different spelling and meaning: there,their, they're, to, too, two,
been, bean.) Or silent letters


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