When the Great Australian Spelling Bee first came on TV, I was obsessed! I wished it had been around when I was in school. English was always my favourite subject in school and I loved spelling! In spite of this, when I was 10, I would consistently confuse two words – Stationery and Stationary. What bothered me the most was I was having difficulty spelling something correctly that I loved so much! What would my pens, notepads and pencils think of me?! Oh the horror!
However, this is where an amazing teacher comes into the story. My Grade 5 teacher, who is by far one of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever come across, showed me one simple trick.
“Pen has an e and is a type of stationery. Car has an a and is stationary in the garage.”
This simple word association ensured I never confused the two again. Basically, I happily spelt correctly ever after! If spelling these words causes you grief, I hope this simple little trick will help you as much as it helped me.
Writing this blog post today is so fitting being World Teachers’ Day today. So to my Grade 5 teacher, Mrs Lund, and all the other amazing teachers whose guidance and wisdom stay with you for years and decades later, thank you… thank you so much!
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