Spelling is used every day in the English language. Children are often more prone to have difficulty with spelling. Learning is an everyday opportunity. Everyone learns differently than others. Children are not the only ones who have difficulty with spelling.
Strategies are created to help those who have hurdles with problems. Spelling follows under the same concept of strategies.
Strategy #1: Base words are easy to learn. Not only are they easy to learn but they tend to help children to learn the concept of spelling. To teach the base words is to choose a book to share with the child. In the process of reading the book out loud, the child needs to write down the words that end with -ed.
How does this strategy help? It teaches children to seek and search for words in the setting of a book. this strategy also helps with word recognition. The concept of this strategy is to teach the child how to recognize different words.
For example: The word hopped is a great example to use. The children will find words ending with -ed and then need to shorten the word back to the base word. The base word for the word hopped is hop. The child will create a list of words ending with -ed. Then the next column will have the base words for each of the words that were founded.
Strategy #2: Children tend to learn more effectively when the lesson is a game of some sort. Learning always becomes easier when it is fun for children. A game that can be played is that children are rewarded with a chance to sing a song, when they have read the word correctly.
Songs that are perfect for this game are “Yankee Doodle,” “This old man.” These two songs are good songs to choose from. You can choose words from the song to have the children practice reciting, and spelling. When they have spelled the song correctly, then they are rewarded by singing the song.
Strategy #3: Writing is another form of strategy to apply to spelling. Without spelling, writing would not exist. A short story can help with problems in the spelling department. How? It is quite simple. The child simply needs to choose words from the story. If the child spelled out the words correctly, they are given the opportunity to write a song with the words they have chosen and spelled correctly.
Strategy #4: Practice is often a forgotten strategy used in every day learning. The more the child practices each and every strategy the more the child will learn. Another tip to try with children and the difficulties with spelling is to have the children watch you spell and recite words. Recognition is a big part in learning the concept of spelling.
These four strategies have helped me personally. In the past I was given the opportunity to help a child who was only five years old. She didn’t know to read or write. These strategies have helped her to learn the concept of spelling as well as reading. What most do realize is that reading and writing go right along with spelling. With the help of these strategies she can now read, write and spell.