Sonday System 2 – How to Correct Spelling Errors
Sound Errors - Step 2
- During Step 2 - Spell Sounds, check the students' answers for each sound.
- As soon as you see an error, stop dictating sounds. Don’t say, “I see a mistake,” or call out the student who makes the error.
- Write the incorrect spelling on paper or a whiteboard and show it to your students. For example, if you asked for the spelling of the /ar/ sound, but a student wrote "r," you would say, “I see an "r,", which makes the sound /r/. I wanted the /ar/ sound.”
- Cross out the incorrect spelling (in this case, "r") and have everyone say the correct sound (in this example, /ar/).
- If teaching multiple students, ask a student who got it correct what they wrote. If only teaching one student or no student got the sound correct, ask what makes the /ar/ sound.
- Once the correct answer is given, cross out the incorrect spelling and write the correct one (in this example, "ar").
- Tell the students that if they made a mistake, they should cross it out and write the correct spelling. Now all students should write and say the sound again two more times.
- During Step 4 - Spell Words, check the students' answers for each word.
- As soon as you see an error, stop dictating words. Don't say "I see a mistake," or call out the student who made the error.
- Write the incorrectly spelled word and display it to the students. For example, if a student wrote sunsit instead of sunset, write sunsit and say, “This is sunsit.”
- Ask the students to say the correct word (in this example, sunset).
- Have the students Touch Spell the word.
- When you get to the sound that was written incorrectly, have your students stop and grab that finger. Ask them, “What sound did you hear?” Don’t give them the answer.
- Once a student says the correct sound (in this example, /e/), ask what letter or letters make that sound. As soon as you get the right answer, write the word correctly and show it to the students.
- Tell the students if they made a mistake, cross it out and write the correct spelling of the word (in this example, sunset).
- Have everybody write and say the word again two more times.