Your child can usually start to learn spelling words around the age of five and this forms as the building block to the ability to write and read! To encourage your child to study and practice spelling words, you will need to form a process that is engaging and fun. Here are three ideas that can help you:
1) Phonics and Music
Some educators have dumped the curriculum of phonics while others are still using it because of the positive results seen in a child’s spelling, writing, and reading. When a child learns the sounds of letters, it will be easier for him or her to learn to spell words.
To make learning phonics fun, there are different age level phonics sets that include CDs with music to learn the sounds of letters and how they come together to form words. The music engages your child and teaches him or her the basics without it being boring.
2) Flash and Flip
On some blank business cards, you can write your child’s spelling words for the week. Let your child know that it’s time to play a game. This game involves sitting on the floor and placing all the cards face down. You can start by flipping a card over, saying the word, spelling the word, flipping the card back over, and spelling the word without looking. Then have your child take a turn.
Playing along with your child encourages him or her to continue with the game. Even pretending to not know how to spell a word can create some cute giggles from your child. He or she won’t even think this game is about learning.
3) Toys and Technology
Electronic toys are a great way to continue the learning process with your child during long rides, shopping trips, or long waits at the doctor’s office. This interactivity has the ability to entertain your child for a period of time and make it fun.
For example, the Learning Resources ABC Chalk Talk! Electronic Learning Chalkboard keeps your child motivated in learning their ABC’s! The durable vinyl mat comes with over 30 touch sensors that teaches the alphabet, phonics, numbers, colors and more. This also includes five fun activity modes and multiple levels of play that will keep your children interested and entertained!