You have just gotten out of a parent-teacher conference. You are glad to hear all the kind words that your child’s teacher has said about him, except for one comment on his spelling. Although he has ideas, he would like to share with the class, as long as you ask him to write it, that’s when the problem begins. Growing up, teachers always remind children to practice their spelling at home. They can do this through the use of the dictionary. However, kids these days already have spelling problems fixed even before they know they got it wrong. The computer or tablet does the checking for them.
Perhaps one of the first things parents ask their child’s teacher concerning this pertains to ways on how they could help their child. Learning to use the language can be very challenging for others. And then there are those students who do not seem to have any problems learning new words and mastering their spelling. Like any other skill like music or math, spelling is something that you can learn through constant practice.
But for those children who do find it challenging, here are some things that their parents can do to help them become good at spelling and school in general.
Kids forget about the joys of learning how to spell a new word because their parents merely force them to memorize. If spelling is such a challenge for them, make sure to make it as exciting as possible. Once the child gets caught up in the excitement of it all, you don’t have to worry about seeing him practice. He surely will without a reminder or the nagging. You can turn the spelling game into a matching game using index cards you have at home. Anything that will make him forget he’s practicing spellings puts him in the best position to learn.
Difficult words are already challenging as they are. But if you allow your child to go deeper into just learning how to spell the words, you’d be surprised at how delighted he will be that you are practicing his spelling skills with him. Make sure he has the dictionary beside him to help him understand the word more. If you can, allow him to construct sentences using the words he just learned. Give him ideas as to when it is appropriate to use the new word. It will make the learning even more fun.
Your child prefers to use the dictionary on the iPad over the physical book, and you can’t help but feel sorry about it. But instead of focusing on that, it is best that you find ways to appreciate technology and how it is designed to help your child. Reading the dictionary online or reading it from the actual book is practically the same. The idea is to get your child interested and reading the dictionary is one of the signs that he is. Find your way around the use of technology and allow your child to grow with it.