I used to have a copy of this poem by Frances Mackay on my classroom wall together with a longer piece about pronunciation that I will post later. I don't know if the children ever read it after the first time I pointed it out but it amused me.
No wonder I can't spell!Learning the English language
Is not something at which I excel.
When so many words sound the same
It's no wonder that I can't spell!
Just look at the words that follow
And I'm sure that you will agree.
There's might and mite, and blue and blew
And flour and flower – do you see?
Which 'to' should I use in a sentence
When there's three different kinds to choose?
And three different 'so's and two different 'dough's;
Do you think it is done to confuse?
Well I think it is time that we changed it
To help other people like me.
Then I can stop worrying about spelling
Oh how wonderful that would be! (or is it bee?)