Learning to spell doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time and practise. As a parent, you can help your child with their spelling whilst they’re at home using a variety of methods, but you’ll have to make it fun and interesting. Read on for some tips from a prep school in the Cotswolds.
When your child is given a list of spellings by the teacher to learn, be sure to run through the words with them. You will find that in each of the words they struggle with, there will be a tricky part, something that is throwing them off. For example, ‘night’, ‘necessary’ or ‘receive’ each have an unusual combination of letters that your child will need to memorise. Go through the list with your child and highlight the tricky parts of each word. If they can remember the tricky parts, they will soon remember the correct spelling.
Sometimes it can help if you read the words out loud and break them down into syllables or even say them how they’re spelt. In doing so, your child will have a smaller chunk of each word to remember, rather than one long word.
One age old technique for learning spellings is copying the word and then covering it, and trying to recall it. Alternatively, you could try the “Look, Cover, Write, and Check” method. What works for one child might not work for another, because children have different learning styles, so it’s important to experiment with varying learning techniques until you find one that sticks.
If you require any more advice on how to help your child learn their spellings then don’t hesitate to contact the school, or even do some extra research online. The fact that you’re showing an interest in their education, even with something as simple as spellings, will go a surprisingly long way in helping your child reach their full potential.