How to teach a child about English spelling?

Posted 2 years ago in EDUCATION.

If you want to teach your child for dictation of class 1 or nearly the same level how to spell, keep in mind that the process of learning should be engaging, motivating, and enjoyable. This is especially important for youngsters who are already having trouble spelling words. To overcome th

How to teach a child about English spelling?

If you want to teach your child for dictation of class 1 or nearly the same level how to spell, keep in mind that the process of learning should be engaging, motivating, and enjoyable.

This is especially important for youngsters who are already having trouble spelling words. To overcome these problems and avoid becoming irritated, discouraged, and unwilling to learn, students who have difficulty spelling the word and start mixing their letters deserve attentive and loving attention for their spelling practice and learning.

 

Why do children find it hard to spell correctly?

They don't have any desire to "get things right." Spelling is just a symbol of everything else that requires accuracy and precision. They are content to move along, only getting things good enough to get by and not much of that.

This displays a lack of motivation to excel or even to be as good as they can be. Underlying this, I see a degree of despair. "Why bother?" seems to be the basis of everything they do, except for trying to get the most pleasure out of the things they have and want to have more of, like video games and drugs. You can help make better spelling practice from reliable sources such as spellquiz.

 

Step A

The first step would be to show your child that anything that they do/has to do, they should own it. They are the producer of their own experiences. So have fun with everything that they do. Don't forbid them to do activities they like to do. Only make sure about the activities that are not useful or can harm your child. Otherwise, let them be creative. 

 

Step B - Phonetics is the magic word!

 It is how everything works in the English language. There are beautiful resources out there that teach you all about it so that you can teach your kid about it—one by one.

Phonics is the base of the language. Without knowing why each word sounds the way it does, your kid would only be rote learning, which would be of no point in the future.

With the break up of words and letters, and the different rules applicable to phonetics, your child would soon be able to read absolutely anything. Even words that a child who is four grades older usually reads.

 

Step C

Everybody likes being recognized and rewarded. That is a brilliant system to work with kids. Incentivize them initially to make it a habit. The habit of doing a few words every day. Whenever you appreciate your child for completing spelling correctly, it boosts their interest in learning. Next time, they will enjoy it as they know they will be appreciated as a reward.

 

Step D

Once there are words they are familiar with, start to explain what it means. With photos/videos/real experiences. So relating it and understanding it would be easier. This would encourage the level of interest. They will naturally be attracted to learning. Children will not get tired of this learning as children love these things. 

 

Step E

In conversations, make it a habit of using what they have learned. From both ends. Yours and theirs. It will help the child to remember the spelling permanently in their mind. This method also makes the child grow their thought creatively. 

 

Step F

Never set a level for your kid and remain satisfied with it. If they manage to read their 2nd-grade book, then move on to the next grade. And the next grade.

 This would give them a huge level of confidence in himself/herself and only push them further.

 

Things to remember while teaching a child

  1. Give him time to think when asked to spell each word. You could do a few words a day—no need to pressure him.
  2. Step by step. E.g. if you ask him the spelling of the word together, it may be a long word for him.
  3. It's best to teach him shorter words first; after he's got them right, you could give him a test on about five short words.
  4. Keep it cool; you can go on to a longer word and a few more after the smaller words. Then test him with 5 longer words.
  5. After you think he knows quite a few, you can give him a test on them. Give him plenty of time to remember them as you'd be at home and not in a class.
  6. When you help him after school hours, then make sure he's had his dinner and a rest/nap.
  7. No need to start soon as he gets in. I mean, he can still have freedom.
  8. After he's eaten and had a rest, he'd think better. When you are hungry and tired, you can't think straight.
  9. Slowly but surely, he'll get to spell many words. Don't give up on helping him. It could take a while; it depends on how fast his brain works.
  10. Work with him for an hour each day, especially during the holidays, as he shouldn't be tired because there is no school then.
  11. All kids are different. Some learn faster than others. Depending on the child, they can still catch up if you help them each day for about a year or more.
  12. Just in case, if your child's about 8/9 years old and he compares himself with his friends.
  13. Tell him not to worry about them but himself, well not worry but help himself and not waste time thinking about what the others know.

 

 

 

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