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Helping Child with Spelling

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It is quite common for children’s reading to be better than their spelling but it is a mistake to think that by reading more and more a child’s spelling will automatically improve – it won’t. Some children seem to develop spelling ability very easily but the vast majority need a lot of help and teaching. All children need to be taught a way of learning to spell both new words and those which cause them problems.

Left to their own devices, children will often try to learn a word by repeating the letter names over and over to themselves. This may be a way of remembering something for the short term, but it is not likely to result in long term learning. The best way of illustrating this is to think about what happens when you need to look up a telephone number. You look it up, repeat the number two or three times and then dial it. You can remember which number to dial then, but if you were asked what that number is a few hours later you wouldn’t be able to recall it.

Teaching Phonics to Young Children

teaching preschool phonics

This is where a child is taught to use the sounds and patterns of letters in order to help them deal with unfamiliar words. Some teachers believe that while all children need some knowledge of letter patterns and sounds, they should not be encouraged to ‘sound out’ or ‘build up’ words; rather that they should use their phonic knowledge to help them guess what words are likely to be and then to check their guesses. Other teachers believe that sounding out words is helpful. For example, faced with the word sheep a child may be encouraged to break the word into parts, sound them out and then put them together. To do this he or she must know how sh, ee and p are commonly pronounced and how to blend the sounds together to make the word.

Schools using this kind of approach will probably have a definite phonics teaching programme which the children follow, for example :

Helping Young Children with Handwriting

There are various aspects to handwriting which need to be considered when we think of improving it. This question usually arises in the mid-junior years so that is the stage of development that I shall concentrate on, listing each point and the things to look out for.

Pencil Grip

Do check how your child is holding the pencil and encourage a grip which is both comfortable and allows proper control of the pencil. Some children press very hard when they write which is tiring and hard work, resulting sometimes in handwriting which deteriorates as more is written. They need to be encouraged to relax their grip more.

Holding the Paper

This may seem silly but there are children who don’t keep the paper or book in place with the non-writing hand with the obvious result that the paper or book moves and the child’s writing suffers each time.

Letter Formation

Forming the individual letters correctly is crucial to good handwriting so check to see if this is the problem with your child. The best way is to ask her or him to copy out a sentence which contains all the letters of the alphabet while you watch closely. Here are two example sentences to choose from :

Reading Schemes And Materials For Home Reading

Are Reading Schemes And Materials For Home Use A Good Idea ?

Well…The short answer to this is: both Yes. . . and No .

They are not a good idea if they lead to any kind of pressure being put on a child to learn to read. Making a reluctant child work at home in order to accelerate progress is only likely to lead to rebellion at some later stage. They are a good idea if the materials are :

  • – bright and exciting ;
  • – written by someone who really does know their business and who understands what is happening in schools ;
  • – genuinely appealing to children ;
  • – likely to provide you with some support in helping your child to learn.

Student Success and Literacy

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Without basic literacy, it is nearly impossible to ensure that students get the best outcomes in their academic careers. The literacy skills that they started learning in kindergarten will have an influence on their ability to deliver the right kind of progress in the classroom. Without these skills the children are liable to drop out and they are not as successful as their abilities might indicate.

Education Smart Care Center is helping in such way of preparing the background for the children, so that they are prepared when the time comes to challenge the highest echelons of the education system. This is not something that is that easy to achieve. However the participation of major stakeholders has made a difference in terms of raising awareness about the need to improve literacy skills in young children.

Looking for the evidence of early success

The foundation, and Our Beliefs

Belief in Education

Education Smart Care cover a full range of ages from infants to toddlers. Programs extent to nursery and kindergarten kids depending on the needs of the parents. children is at the heart of our programs and therefore we have been placing great emphasis to create bespoke learning initiatives that open up windows for children and allow them to see the world in a different light. It is an initiative that is attracting support from different perspectives including the medical world. These initiatives has been able to transform the landscape for young children and to open up the possibilities of working within a context that is open to different interpretations. It is a perfect marriage of objectives.

Many of the children that are touched by these program come from backgrounds which are hovering near the poverty line. It is therefore unreasonable to simply concentrate on education without the other aspects of their lives which change the outlook on the things that they do. It is crucial that there are clear guidelines on the types of things that can be done to achieve success in this area.