Skip to main content



How We Teach Prefixes

How We Teach Prefixes by  Marie Rippel You  know  what a prefix is. And you might even be able to  explain  what a prefix is. But do you know how to  teach  prefixes? An understanding of prefixes is an important step toward proficient reading and spelling. This mini teaching guide will fill your teaching toolkit with tricks and tips that will help your children master this skill and become better readers and spellers. So what  is  a prefix? A prefix is a word part that is placed in front of a base word. A prefix usually changes the meaning of the base word. Take a look at the example below. Think about the word  happy . The prefix  un  placed in front of the word  happy  makes a new word with a new meaning— unhappy . The prefix  un  means  not , so it changes the meaning of the word  happy  to  not happy . The Two Most Common Prefixes The most common prefixes are  un  and  re . These two prefixes are the most useful for beginning spellers to learn because they

Latest Posts

10 Tips for Reaching Your Struggling Learner

Spelling Mistakes: Should I Correct Them Immediately?

The Best Bedtime Picture Books for Children

Why We Teach Reading and Spelling Separately