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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.