Mnemonics, or memory joggers, are really handy and helpful things. The mnemonics listed below can help your child figure out some of those tricky spelling rules that trip up just about everyone at one time or another:

  • Necessary: One cap, two socks.

  • -ought words: Only ugly girls hate toothpaste.

  • -ight words: Indian girls have teeth (they like toothpaste and brush often!).

  • Friend: A friend stays to the end.

  • Rhythm: Rhythm helps your two hips move.

  • Business: There's a bus in business.

  • They: There's no hay in they.

  • Because: Big elephants can always understand small elephants.

  • Here, there, where: All have here in them and are all about position.

  • Two: Two twins.

  • Government: The government governs the country.

  • Secretary: A secretary keeps secrets