Traditionally, spelling is an exercise in remembering letters and their arrangement. Is this purely a memory-based ability? or are there better ways for children to learn spelling?
Language is a very useful tool, and its more important to cultivate the love of this tool. Spelling is a means to the goal of written communication. If a child has a desire to learn and explore, they will naturally want to know the construction of words. Encourage children to pick up books to read, and are curious to know what a book says.
It’s good to embed spelling as part of a writing exercise. This removes the stress in getting words spelt correctly, and focuses a child on creating a story. The story is the intended outcome of using language for communication.
- Prepare a list of 5-6 seed words (e.g. goat, tiger, rain, earthquake, grass)
- Seed words are typically nouns
- Ask a child to write a short story using the seed words
- Ask the child to read the story aloud
- Read the story with the child, and correct spelling and grammatical errors using a pen
- When finished, ask the child to write all the corrected errors and the seed words into a word list
Note: Spelling advances with other aspects of english language development. Knowledge of concepts like nouns, verbs, adjectives are important. All children are different, and some children may not like story writing.
Estimated Lesson Time
- Writing Paper, Pencil
- PeakWiki – for sample seed words.
- Lesson Plan: Writing
- Lesson Plan: Grammar
- Lesson Plan: Spelling Lists