They say that Americans are some of the worst spellers in the world. Perhaps it is because English is not exactly the easiest language when it comes to spelling words. Then again, it might be that not everyone pays attention. Whatever the reason may be, there is no doubt that every responsible parent would want to help his child to do well in school – and part of that is being a decent speller. If your child is struggling with spelling, here are some things that you can do.
Practice makes perfect. It is a cliché, but it works. Children who struggle with spelling need to take some extra time to work on it. Be supportive and help your child – a few minutes everyday will make a world of difference. More than merely writing out words, drill your child in oral spelling, as this will sharpen his skills as well.
Teach the cardinal rule of spelling: “I before e, except after c, or when sounding like an a, as in neighbor and weigh.” You might have heard that the schools in the UK are tearing this rule down, but it has been tried and tested, and your child will really benefit from knowing this rule by heart.
Here’s another rule: “When ing comes to stay, little e runs away.” This helps your child spell words ending in –ing properly. Words like freeze and please becomes freezing and pleasing.
Bottom line: make it fun for your child and show him that you are there to support him.