How to Help my Child with Spellings

Here are some tips and tricks that we, at DRSIS, have observed parents try out with success:

Children find spelling and writing difficult and forget words easily, or get confused with letters while writing. Children need more love and support regularly at home to overcome this challenge. Forcing them to write again and again may leave a negative impact on them. Here are some smart tips to equip you to help your child with spellings:

Develop Vocal Skills

Verbal articulation of words help children memorize sound out words phonetically, it’s said ‘Good spellers are always good readers’. Discourage them from watching TV as your child cannot talk back to a television. Children need to be in regular touch with the language they write so it’s a good idea to replace TV time with showing phonics videos and asking them to pronounce after the spellings or encourage them to recognize the words. For best practice, communicate with your child in the language they are lagging in writing or reading.

Trace words

Tracing words or sentences will help them improve their spellings .Take time out of your busy schedule to sit next to your child so that you can guide them in hand writing .Take his/her hand and trace the letters and words that is confusing to him.

Confusion of ‘b’ and‘d’

Many children initially get confused between writing ‘ b’ and ‘d’ to overcome this confusion, teach them the small trick of thinking ‘b’ as left hand side and ‘d’ as right hand side .

Three letter and five letter word

Writing longer words is a challenging phase where children need to know sound, articulation, phrasing and pronunciation of the word to write them out. A good practice is to take print of these words and paste them where your child spends most time as seeing the spelling regularly will enhance their retention.

Phonetic approach

Phonetic approach plays important role in helping beginning readers to understand how letters are linked to the sounds and to form letter-sounds and spelling patterns. Show children audio clips, allow them to play interactive games on phonics or download apps which have phonics practice.

Reading Fluency

Does your child struggle with fluency? Read aloud to your child so that he/she understands the sound of articulation it; do paired reading which increases their enthusiasm to learn in your presence. Inculcate sight words or phrase words in forms of flash cards or board games. Practicing with these increases the ability to spell accurately, quickly and with expression. Fluency builds bridges between word recognition and comprehension. When your child reaches the stage of reading fluently, they will recognize words automatically