Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ways Parents Can Help with Spelling

There are many ways parents can help their child at home. The most simple and best way is to always make sure your child reads for 15-20 minutes daily. Reading and writing go hand-in-hand so reading at home will also help to strengthen your childs writing skills.

I have been tutoring a first grade student. His parents were very concerned about his spelling because he could verbally spell words correctly, and then on his spelling test he would miss the word. I asked them if they had him write the word. Now, I am totally against just making a child write a vocabulary word repeatedly. So please know when I encouraged them to do this I meant using his finger to "sky write" the word in the air, write in salt, making the words out of wikki stix or playdoh, etc. and also connecting a picture or clip art pic with the word if possible. Or having him act the word out. Just something so he could experience making the word and not just orally reciting the letters. 
It was like a giant light bulb went off! They now work with him on more than just verbally spelling the word. We have seen progress!!
This week someone shared this infographic on Facebook on ways parents can help their child at home with spelling: Keep in mind with number one you want to make it interactive--not a drill-n-kill spelling activity!

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