Please tell me that your students ask that question just as much as mine do! My response is always "What sounds do you hear?" But then sometimes I get the students who are constantly asking about the SAME words. Well, I decided to solve my own problem! I created dictionaries for my students! Each student has their own dictionary, which they can add words to, once they figure out how to spell it!
I also thought this would be a great resource to add faculty and family members' names. I've had students ask me how to spell their siblings' names...Nevaeh (Na-vy-ah)...Dulce (dul-say)...yeah, I had to ask parents for those!
My students keep their dictionaries in their desks so they are easily accessible at all times! These would even work to create a "Class Dictionary" that all students could add to.