Later on, as the learner becomes more comfortable with the whole process of spelling ( which includes a variety of skills~ writing, sounding out, memorization) rules "can" be really helpful and actually act as memory hooks for a struggling speller. They don't always have to be a nuisance. There is a place for spelling rules, knowing when and how can be the trick as to how successful you and your learners is with them.
Along with the spelling rules we are using a "new to us" text ( which I have written about previously) Tricks of the Trade by Gayle Graham, M Ed. And have been adding to this book as we work along and advance in our spelling. You can find my a review of this book here. I promised I would talk more about this and I have to say it is an excellent read for parents who are seeing their child struggle in spelling. Gayle's "How to Teach Any Child To Spell" is an easy, quick read. It has some great points and is extremely helpful. Kind of filling a parents "spelling toolbox" with some great tips and strategies for teaching spelling.
I also found a great new site that is interactive in helping children to practice spelling its called Type and Spell. An interactive site that is from grades 1-6 and also has practice for SAT Vocabulary too.
9/15/11 Update~ ** here is a few more resources you can use for spelling rules:
Reading From Scratch - an online list of rules you can use to make cards or add to a mini office, make a notebooking page or just refer to when needed.
Scholastic Spelling Rules Chart - to print
9/16/11 update~ ** I had been trying to find a more complete list of spelling rules and had just started creating our own when a wonderful homeschool mom ( thank you Cynthia Albright) shared this great resource with me: Spelling Rules Cards and also this one for spelling cards as well. Now I don't have to take the time and write out our own! ~
Off to work on more studies~