A student’s reading level and spelling ability tend to go hand-in-hand. There are ways that you can improve both your child’s reading and spelling at the same time. The following are some great strategies that you can use to get your child both reading more and spelling better:
Start a Word Wall in your child’s room. Use the same strategy as teachers use. Locate a list of and place these words on a selected wall in your child’s room along with the definition. These words should be age-appropriate. Go over these words with your child daily. This will increase your child’s vocabulary level and improve his spelling skills.
There are educational games that you can play with your child to help improve their reading and spelling skills. Scrabble is one of those games. It is not only fun, but it requires the player to know how to spell. It also requires the players to be able to recognize the words that the other player uses. This will help to improve both your child’s spelling and his vocabulary.
Write down Unfamiliar Words
As your child reads, have him write down any unfamiliar words. He can then look-up the definition of these words and add them to his Word Wall. As mentioned earlier, go over these words daily with your child.
Don’t just have your child look-up definitions for words. Have him make sentences with the words that he places on his Word Wall. This will help him better understand the meaning of the word.
Set a Reading Time
Have a set reading time for your child. Try to find the time of the day that works best for him. The time that you allot for reading should correlate with your child’s age.
Write Spelling Word Several Times
Repetition works. A child has to see a word and practice spelling it several times before it becomes familiar to them. So, have them write their new spelling words over and over and over again. You should do this until the spelling of the word becomes automatic.
Surround Them with Books and Other Reading Material
Create a print rich environment in your home. Have books, magazines, and other reading material throughout your house. Make your own home a library by sectioning off an area where books and magazines on various topics are displayed. Your child is bound to come across something that he wants to read.
Have them write more
Encourage your child to write more. Have him write about the things that interests him. This can include reviews of movies that he has seen, journal writing, and composing poems and songs. The more he writes the better he will become at spelling, writing, and reading.
Don’t forget your computer. There are programs that are tons of websites that can help your child with learning words. One such website is MyDictionary.com. Your child can look up words and have words pronounced using the computer.
Technology is great, but let us not forget the good old fashion dictionary and thesaurus. These two items can be invaluable when teaching your child how to spell and to learn the definition of new words.
Help improve your child’s spelling and reading skills. Encourage him to discover new words. Create a print-rich home. Design a Word Wall in your child’s bedroom. Remember, repetition and constant exposure is the keys. So, surround him with words.