An English speaking child that has a learning disability (LD) in spelling, would most likely spell successfully in a purely phonetic language such as Spanish. Help awaits the child that isn't a natural at spelling, and the help is not for the LD child only. The following tips may not turn your child into the winner of the National Spelling Bee, but it can certainly bring up those spelling grades.
Tips to Help Your Child with Spelling
Many intelligent people find no logic in their sometimes phonetic and sometimes rule driven English language.
Helping Your Child Succeed in Spelling
It's time to add a new spin on the old "memorize and quiz" method of spelling practice. Understanding how your child learns is the first step to helping him or her succeed. Everyone learns through three of their senses. In the field of education, we call them modalities:
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Spelling Practice for Visual Learners
Try this method to determine if Suzie is a visual learner:
Spelling Practice for Auditory Learners
Kids love hearing how they sound on a recording. Let Suzie record herself practicing her spelling words and have her play the recording back. Make it even more fun by practicing the words with her. Record and listen to your voice. After Suzie takes her practice quiz, have her give the quiz to you. She'll love it if you miss a couple of words. Choose the words she has the most difficulty spelling. When she corrects your spelling, it reinforces the correct way to spell them. You can even get a little silly about it. Having fun is a great way to reinforce learning.
Spelling Practice for Kinesthetic Learners
If John is a "touchy-feely" child, he's probably a kinesthetic learner. There are many fun ways for the kinesthetic learner to practice their spelling words:
- Spell the words with play dough
- Write the words with chalk on the sidewalk
- Write the words in sand
- Place dry jello or some cake mix in a pan to write the words in with her finger. Let her taste the mix after each word is spelled correctly
Try all of these methods and learn how your child gathers and remembers information. If you have trouble deciding on one learning modality, use them all for spelling practice. The more fun you can make it; the better your child's success. Before long, he will look forward to practicing his spelling words.
When helping your child study his or her spelling homework, utilize all of the learning modalities. Try to determine which modality your child's strength is in and utilize it heavily. These tips can help all learners; not just LD children. Remember that English is not purely phonetic and many successful adults have difficulty with spelling.