Some of us have fond memories of spelling bees. Some of us don’t.

Spelling, no matter how we feel about it, is critical to successful writing which is why it is still a part of writing instruction in school. Even with spell check, we still need to know a lot of spelling basics.

Like their parents, some kids take to spelling easily and others don’t. Here are some strategies to help make practicing spelling more effective and maybe a little bit more fun.