Scholars, teachers, and authoritative writers periodically sound the alarm: spelling, syntactic and grammatical errors are on the rise, not only in the writings of children but also of children and university students.
Pupils should have 10-15 minutes to draw the thing they liked the most that day, to calmly return to what they did during the day, and focus on the most meaningful experience. It would be enough to have the calm to understand when you can propose one thing rather than another.
Why do you think there are more mistakes today, especially spelling ones? Surely the acceleration to which even children are subjected does not allow us to set the rules well. In order to be acquired, the rule needs to be returned to it, also using different methods. It is a question of rhythm; in today’s school, there is too much speed.
In short, is it the fault of the school? School goes as the world goes. Instead, it should return to its original function, which is to educate, have time to go back to the rules, and consolidate them. It also takes time to get children passionate about what they need to learn.
Do you understand the error, or are you an integralist? From the third grade onwards, we have a fundamentalist vision towards the error but not punitive towards the pupil who does it. Otherwise, the problem continues throughout the cycle of studies. The teacher should propose targeted exercises to the pupils as if they were a game. And how should a coach plan more or less intensive training suitable for the individual?
Tricks and games to teach spelling to children.
Splitting into syllables, spelling complicated words correctly – here’s how to teach spelling with games and good habits
Teach spelling: Teaching spelling to children may not be simple and straightforward, neither for teachers nor for children. And often parents, those who maybe help the little ones with their homework in elementary school, or those who enjoy doing small exercises and language games with their children, can also help.
It is certainly difficult to be able to correctly combine the spoken word and its sound with the right spelling and spelling, but something can be done to accompany children on this journey. L ‘ spelling is a real skill, such as music or mathematics, because it asks the child to develop the ability to store some illogical patterns, and someone may have more difficulty than others.
The game of syllables: Write some words and divide the syllables by cutting the cards (one for each syllable) and play together to compose the most diverse words; you can also create a real story.
Take advantage of technology: A study conducted by British researchers on 10-12-year-olds found that those who used to compose text messages or texts on the phone had improved spelling and literacy. And for digital natives, there are some apps that help the child to learn to spell starting from the spoken word. For example, this game tries to pronounce the word written by the child, even if it is spelled incorrectly, and provides visual indications when the word is spelled incorrectly. This app also allows you to practice words that are really difficult to learn by playing on the tablet. Look for first grade Dolch sight words online.
Read and let people read: There is no better way to learn to write well than to read a lot. The advice is ancient and handed down from generation to generation, but it still remains very valid. Only by reading and observing the word written on the page does the child internalize the spelling rules.
Get used to the use of vocabulary: It looks like an almost obsolete object, abandoned on the last dusty shelf of the library, but the vocabulary remains a very valid tool to dispel doubts and uncertainties about how to write a word and what its meaning is. Leave the vocabulary around the house, available, and help the child to use it when needed.
Work on pronunciation: Many words change only for one more consonant, so invite the child to spell the words well because thanks to the pronunciation, it is possible to understand how to spell a certain word correctly.
TIPS AGAINST SPELLING ERRORS
An encouraging story: it is useful to create an atmosphere of interest towards spelling by presenting a compelling and motivating story that entertains children.
A gradual work: it is necessary to proceed gradually by presenting the exercises as activities/workouts, light and/or intensive that will prepare the individual child or the team class for a real spelling championship. The first week starts with the most recurring mistakes with light workouts; the second is reinforced with slightly more complex exercises, and the third week, the championship game is played, with something that challenges children to think and reflect better.
Always encourage: the children must be encouraged along the way, avoiding punitive attitudes and supporting them as a coach of a sports team (“are you there? Are you sure? Come on! Is that right?”)
Books and dictionary: reading a lot is useful to combat spelling errors, as is always having a dictionary at hand. We must teach not to be afraid to ask and to check the dictionary, even if you are an adult.
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