Why Learning Spelling Words Is Important
Many children struggle with their spelling words and the repetition of writing the words over and over doesn’t seem to help. This leads many children to become frustrated and to giving up.
At some point, a child may even ask, “Why do I have to learn spelling words?” Learning spelling words is important to your child’s future. Spelling words help lay the basic foundation that your child will need throughout his education and life.
Spelling is important because it aids in reading. It helps cement the connection that is shared between sounds and letters. Learning high frequency sight words also has been shown to help with both reading and writing. This is why students learn sight words during their early years. Spelling and reading also have a common factor, proficiency with language.
Children should be relaxed about spelling; if not, it will inhibit their writing. When you listen to a struggler speller speak or read something that he or she has written, it is impossible to not notice that their choice of words may be poor or limited. This is very unfortunate because writing is something that we do throughout our lifetimes.
Bad spelling also gives others a bad impression about you. No matter what you say, if the spelling is poor, the reader will notice this before anything else. Punctuation errors often go unnoticed, but everyone notices spelling errors.
Not only is the ability to spell necessary in most occupations, but a person also needs to be able to spell well in order to be able to communicate and take notes and directions. You could be trying to write someone a note that could possibly save his life, but if the person only sees a note filled with misspelled words, then that person may not be able to comprehend what you’re saying. It’s a stretch, but the message is clear. Spelling is so very important.
At Woodvale, we have adopted the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme (aimed and Year 2 through to Year 6). Spelling is taught daily and children will be given a list of words related to the patterns covered that week, together and specific words from the National Curriculum spellings list for their year group, to learn each week.
We value the support that parents/carers can give at home by helping children learn their spellings, playing spelling games, using spelling apps on mobile devices and generally showing an interest in their learning.
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