Peter teaches spelling with consonant-vowel patterns
To teach spelling, Peter presents the children with weekly lists of spelling words. He has the children group the words by writing the consonant-vowel patterns in their notebooks. For example, the word read has a C-V-V-C pattern.
The Alternative Lesson Plan
Many children have learned successfully with this lesson. But for those who continue to struggle, the alternative lesson plan is as follows:
- Do not use lists of words to teach spelling.
Some children do not learn well by studying arbitrarily selected words from a spelling list. Unless the spelling words are the same words that they are actually using during writing or reading activities, the list of words may appear to be random and irrelevant information.
- Mirror the thought process exactly as used in the real-life context.
To understand that the word read has a C-V-V-C pattern, the child must already know the spelling of the word. Although consonant-vowel patterns are relevant to reading and writing words, some children do not benefit because the thought processes in the lesson is reversed from the way the information is to be applied in the real-life context.
- Teach letter-sound and phonic knowledge instead of consonant-vowel patterns.
While consonant-vowel patterns are pertinent to letter-sound and phonic knowledge, some children may find consonant-vowel patterns to be arbitrary and not useful information during actual reading and writing activities. For these children, it is better to simply focus on the sounds of the letters and phonics without considering the consonant and vowel patterns of words.