Parents tend to give little or no importance to spelling words. As a result, children assume whatever spellings they want and that is how the word fits in their mind. We often say that it is important to build a strong foundation in order to make sure that further growth and structure is not hindered. Same follows for education. It may be annoying at the beginning but will pay off in the long run.
Spellings can be tricky. Even we, as adults, at times get confused with certain spellings and end up misspelling a word or two. Kids are in the process of learning and already have a lot to take in and absorb. Start with small easy spellings and progress to longer, medium-difficulty level spellings.
Here are a few ways in which to teach your kids how to spell:
Flashcards are extremely effective when it comes to learning anything new. You can create flashcards based on a certain list of words that you use in everyday life. You can also paste labels on items in your house so that your children constantly look at them and eventually remember the spelling. For example – put a label of ‘Water’ on the filter, or a label of ‘Chair’ on the chair, etc.
2. Flip, Look, Say, Write.
You can use your flashcards to play this game. Spread out all the flashcards on the floor face-down and ask your child to pick up one. Tell them to look at that word and remember it. Ask them to put the flashcard away. Now, ask them to say that word out loud and then write it down with the correct spelling. Every time they get it write (pronunciation and spelling), they gain one point. Keep a score to check out how well your child is doing.
3. Focus on sounds and similar words.
Make a list of words that sound similar and also have more or less the same spelling. Teach your child these spelling sets one at a time so that they pick up quickly and also become interested. Relate to your children how sounds of words play a crucial role in their spelling. Teach them to associate sound and spelling. At times, make a list of these similar words and ask your child to identify the pattern, see if they can do it. For example – high, sigh, tight, fight, light, might, night, etc. have an ‘igh’ common in them.
4. Make sentences.
While it is important to get the spelling right, your child should also know the use of the word. If they do not know how and when to use the word, then their knowledge is but half. Explain them the proper meaning of the word by giving examples and help them to make a few sentences. You can also create scenarios of short stories in order to make better use of words.
5. Scrabble, Boggle.
Induce these cool games in your child’s toy collection and watch them learn while they play. You can also set up games or competitions with their friends to make it more fun and interesting.