Monday, February 27, 2012

Writing and Spelling: Practical Ideas for Parents


I love getting online subscriptions with tips and tricks, don't you?
Lately, I have been looking for new and exciting ways to help my daughter with reading and writing since she has really taken a liking to it.
And because of our early struggles with reading and writing are slowly going away (YAY!), I want to encourage you all to find the best fit for your child, too!

On of my favorite sites is Reading Rockets. Here is one such interesting article on tips to help your own child with reading and writing: one of the big issues along with apraxia.

In the early grades, reading and spelling are learned together. As children become better readers, formal spelling lessons are helpful.

Here are some activities to try:

Children can learn to spell some words by sounding out each letter. Short, simple words are best to learn in the beginning. Encourage your children to write stories and to spell words using the sounds the letters make.
Make a puzzle word by writing a word on paper and cutting the letters apart. Magnetic and felt letters can also be used for this activity. Mix the letters and have your children spell the word by putting the letters in order.
Say a word and have your children repeat the word. Then have them write the letters that match the sounds in the word.
Point out that some words are similar. Talk about how hop is similar to top, cop, and mop. Ask your children to say words that are similar to fun, man, pay, and pin.
Ask your children to draw a picture of a family activity. Have them write a sentence about it below the picture. Encourage your children to say the sentence and write letters to match the sounds in each word. Then have them read what they wrote.
Have your children cut a picture from an old magazine and write a story about the picture.
Tell your children a story and have them write their own ending for it.
Have your children write letters and thank-you notes to friends and relatives.
As your children progress, help them learn the correct spelling of the words they write.
Say a word and have your children repeat the word. Then have them write the letters that match the sounds in the word.


You can read the entire article Writing and Spelling: Practical Ideas for Parents Reading Topics A-Z Reading Rocketshere as well!

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