Why does 'eight' rhyme with 'great'

And 'plate' rhyme with 'straight'?

    Yet all of them have different spellings.

Then 'greed' rhymes with 'plead'

And 'succeed' rhymes with 'swede'

     'Oh no! Is this what you’re yelling?


Then there’s 'why' and there’s 'guy'

And then 'try' rhymes with 'sigh' -

    Different spellings but similar sounds.

Then you’ve 'sew' and you’ve 'no',

But then 'know' and 'although';

     Our spelling’s designed to confound.


Look at 'glue', then at 'new'.

Then there’s 'through', also 'shoe'.

     Well, they all sound the same when we speak.

So did those who were able, then sit at a table,

    Planning SPELLINGS for Literacy Week?



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READING IS READING - and Literacy Week incorporates reading from books and from the internet too.  Rhyming and rhythmic poetry is so important, and listening to the author reading his/her poems is important too.  Please read this page:  METRE, RHYME, LITERACY and, if you haven't already done this, write Google JOSIE'S POEMS on a small card and give it to another child, parent, teacher etc.  It will be appreciated.  


This poem was chosen for publication by teachers and children and was published in my book: "Josie's Poems - The Anthology" although it was called simply 'Spelling' in that book.  I like to link spelling to Literacy Week and therefore have changed the title.  (Only a small change.)

Why learning to spell is so important