I’ve always had a secret love for it, and even though I never entered any spelling competitions I took personal delight when I aced all my tests in class!
The exploration of words, how they are arranged, the turn of phrases and discovering their meaning allowed me to enjoy many novels, non fiction books and books revealing centuries old wisdom. And the odd graphic novel…
So this happy girl loves books and stories and showing her sense of humour through the stories that she writes. Watching her write at a million miles an hour and paying close attention to illustrations fill me with such joy. Writing allows an exploration of character as well as well as the world that surrounds them.
Helping her keep on top of her spelling is one way to help her improve her accuracy. For someone whose mind trips over its many thoughts, getting her to slow down and concentrate might prove a bit of a challenge! Just getting her to sit down for 15 minutes just to do spelling is pretty boring (for her and for me). So I decided to try two different ways to help her remember some key words.
The Importance of Spelling
Although we have a plethora of ways to improve our spelling with apps and online programmes, it is still important to be able to spell moderately well. It shows care and attention to detail, aids reading and the ability to understand what is being read. It also helps with pattern recognition and improving memory.
It is important to note that spelling doesn’t come easy to everyone. Some children find it plain boring, others genuinely struggle. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s teacher. Even if the teacher downplays your concerns, keep a watchful eye on your child and make sure you find out what words your child should know in their year group to keep your child on track. YOU are their biggest advocate.
Helping our children to spell doesn’t have to mean doing look, cover, write, check every time. Mixing things up with quick ideas suited to your child, in different formats will hopefully make the process more enjoyable for you and especially your child!
Here are my three quick spelling activities…
The first one was a number scramble from the TES website. There were only four to six words per page with pictures for her to figure out, which was just the right amount to keep her interested.
Next we took some scrabble letters that I bought from Amazon toad asked her to try and remember two or three words at a time and spell them with the letter blocks. This one was a bit more tricky for her, so I reduced the amount of letters for her to choose from which made it a little easier.
My final suggestion is Scrabble Junior. There are two levels to playing this; one side has words partially filled in with illustrations, the other side being a step up. It’s a great way to get her brain working by trying to fill in the missing letters. Also, it feels like a she’s just having fun trying to beat her brother, rather than learning how to spell!
She still has a little way to go with her spelling, but little and often is key for any new skill we want our children to develop.
Do you have any spelling suggestions that have helped your child? Why do you think spelling is so important? Leave your comments below!