If a child isn't exposed to words, how can a child spell them? My oldest granddaughter spelled the same way. Everyone did everything to help her, even bribing her with money, but she got mad and frustrated, and didn't really care. I told her parents to be patient, that things would kick in all of a sudden, and they did. This year, her sophomore year, she has 4 A's and 1 B. She spells fine. Her mother cried when she saw her grades. Sometimes, it takes kids a long time to grasp something, but when the finally do, they start off running.