The best way to engage children is in a fun, interactive way. When it comes to spelling this means using pictures and stories to engage the imagination. For young children who are new to the alphabet, the old “A for apple Z is for zebra” approach is perfect. By working you way through the alphabet and associating words with letters, your child will learn through image recall, soaking up the information like a sponge.
Buying books that can help you do this is easy enough, but if you’re on a budget, why not try your hand at drawing yourself. Better still, let your child have a go at drawing objects and then writing the associated letter next to the object. It won’t be long before your child is recalling images through memory and saying the correct word.
Next it is time to start the spelling process. To do this, simply add the remaining letters to the word you associated with the alphabet. Don’t over do it. Learn 3 spellings per session, going over each 5 or 10 times. Work your way through the alphabet and then add in new matching words once the first set of words have been mastered.
An essential part of learning to spell is to break up the syllables for your child. So, apple, becomes ap-ple, zebra becomes ze-bra. Ask your child to say each syllable in turn, followed by the entire word in one go. Now ask your child to write down each syllable and then bring them together to form the word. Your child will learn how to break down a word and form the correct pronunciation and the correct spelling.