Spellings!  Spellings!  Spellings!


At some point in your parenting career you will have the pleasure of finding a little list of spellings in your child’s book bag.  For some children spellings may come reasonably easily but for anyone who struggles there are some really useful rhymes and mnemonics that can help.  I’ve gathered together a list of 20 that you might find useful!


The best mnemonics: 

becausebig elephants can always understand small elephants

chaoscyclones, hurricanes and other storms

laugh – laugh and U get happy

oceanonly cats eyes are narrow

rhythm – rhythm has your two hips moving!

said – snakes and insects dance


The best words-within-a-word:

 believe – never believe a lie!

dilemma – emma faced a dilemma

environment – a new environment will iron it out

hear – you hear with your ears

piece – a piece of the pie

secretary – a secretary keeps a secret!

separate – there’s a rat in separate

special – the CIA has special agents!

there – here, there and everywhere!

together – the knight and his horse went together together


The best rhymes and sayings to learn!

 difficulty – Mrs D, Mrs I, Mrs FFI, Mrs C, Mrs U, Mrs LTY!

embarrassed – remember two red cheeks!


lose – if you lose something, you loose an ‘o’

necessary – remember two sleeves and one collar! 

So there you have it my top 20 mneumonics, words within a word, rhymes and sayings to help you help your child learn some tricky spellings.  Can you think of any others?  I’m working on a range of pocket-size spelling cards at the moment for parents and teachers with children in Reception all the way up to Year 6.  Please show your interest below!

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