Learning To Read – Effective Teaching Methods


maleteacherLearning to read is one of the most important steps in your child’s development, both socially and intellectually. Reading is the basis for education, and without that ability your child will find grasping new concepts a difficult task – from elementary years through to higher education. It is therefore in your best interests, as a parent, to embark on a reading programmer with your child as early as possible, to ensure charted intellectual growth and development, and to allow independent thinking and the basis of intelligence. In this article we will reflect on some of the most salient ways in which you can promote your child’s reading abilities from an early age.

Learning to read is important in allowing your child to participate and develop his understanding of the world at a conceptual level. In conjunction with emotional and social education, reading and literacy on the whole is crucial in ensuring your child can sustain intellectual development Continue reading

Before a Child Can Read and Spell Easily, They Must Learn to Listen

jiu_rf_photo_of_children_listening_to_teacherBefore children can read and spell they must learn to listen

Most of us live in a noisy and busy world where we rush from one appointment to another. Many of our children are living noisy and busy lives as well. They are surrounded by noise and busyness from the TV, play-station, radio, traffic, school or play groups. Our children do not always learn to listen to small differences in sound because they may not often enough be somewhere quiet enough to identify them, or stop their own noise and be quiet enough to hear them. Sounds such as a hedgehog rustling, the wind, or the noise a footstep makes on the floor, as well as the different sounds words make are part of our world but may not be noticed by a busy child in a busy environment.

Many children who are having difficulty reading and spelling cannot yet hear the differences between similar but different sounds because they have not practised listening. For example, sounds such as ‘f’ and ‘th’, ‘a’ and ‘u’ ‘d’ and ‘t’ may be confused.

Some children have more trouble than others to learn to differentiate between sounds, but most children can learn this very important listening skill if you make time for ‘quiet time’ activities such as the ones below.

Before your child is school age:

  • tell nursery rhymes every day
  • sing to your child (songs, rhymes, chants)
  • regularly turn off the radio and television so that your child can hear other noises, and appreciate silence
  • listen for sounds then talk about the sounds you can hear (a dog barking, a car revving, rain on the window)
  • read stories that rhyme (such as Hairy McClary stories, and books by Dr Seuss).

When they start school:

  • keep reading to your child every day. There are any good reasons to keep reading to your child even if they can read already and I will address them soon in another article.
  • keep up with rhythm and rhyme activities if your child is unsure of them, as they are vital for literacy success
  • encourage your child’s music development
  • encourage your child to write: shopping lists, thank you letters, wish lists, emails
  • encourage your child to read: library books, comics, children’s pages in the newspaper, signs, instructions
  • keep TV/computer/PlayStation/Wii to a minimum
  • have quiet times every day in your child’s environment with no TV or radio noise

Special quiet times such as those activities above are when you have a chance to renew your listening skills as well. We are often so busy that we forget for example to stop and listen to our children, the sounds in our garden and in our house, and the sounds spoken words make when they are said for effect. Seizing those moments to stop and notice small sounds and small events with your child will add immeasurably to your enjoyment of life as well as your child’s enjoyment. Consider that these quiet times not only improve your child’s listening skills so that they can read and spell words more easily, they also give you both moments of ‘down time’ together that revitalise you both and remind you of the simple pleasures that make life worth living. Quiet time is ‘magic’.

The website link on my website titled ‘phonics training’ gives you more simple and satisfying things you can do to develop your child’s listening skills.

Visit this web site, http://www.metateaching.com, to know about how you can help your children to be more successful students. Look for further information on how to spot a child hiding their lack of Maths skill in my newsletters and tips on my website. Find out more about The Families as Coaches Programme,The Coaching Guide and the phonics-based Weird Word Game.

Spelling Games Help Children Learn to Spell Words Easily

fun-spelling-gamesTeaching kids to spell is usually troublesome because there are no definite rules in spelling. Children learning English at an early stage find it difficult to spell words by simply relying on pronunciation cues. Teaching children to spell is a challenge, sole mastery drills are a thing of the past because learning facilitators have devised new ways to make teaching more meaningful for kids.

The language development of children during the primary grades is crucial to the growth of their language facility. This is usually the stage when they learn many words and associate them with images. This is also a good stage when spelling should be taught in multiple strategies and varied techniques possible. Eclectic methods in teaching children are therefore imperative for their success with English words.

Spelling can be incorporated in the learning sphere through recreational activities to stimulate interest among children. Today’s scheme of teaching involves creative planning of activities that would motivate learners to be interested. If they are interested, they tend to learn further. The goal is to make learning an intrinsically fueled process in children. But for motivation to be possible, kids should feel that learning isn’t tedious and learning is fun.

The ideal way for fun learning is through the incorporation of games. And that is why we are discussing spelling games in this article. According to expert teachers, spelling is an aspect in which one of the fitting approaches is through games because this way they can enjoy their learning experience. When they have fun while learning, they tend to appreciate the whole experience. This increases motivation and willingness to learn. In other words, games increase appreciation levels in kids and in so doing enhance learning.

The old, traditional method of incorporating spelling in English classes included memorization of word roots, affixes, spelling rules, and word associations. These methods are still practiced today. In fact, it is important that children come to familiarize these aspects to gain more mastery in spelling. But unlike in the olden ways, these methods are now restructured and revised so as to meet the learning attitude of graders, which can easily get bored by old methods.

Spelling games are part of learning activities, providing a good break for routine classroom activities. Nonetheless, games shouldn’t be done all the time and should only be part of a series of approaches to be devised. The nice thing about a spelling game is that it stimulates competition, which enhances the students’ drive to learn more.

Games for spelling don’t have to be new because many of these games are the old ones. Crosswords, word searches, and word scrambles are some of the traditional games that are still used today. Children today enjoy these games the way adults enjoyed them back then as kids. These traditional games can boost language skills. The materials for these games are commonly available as cheap items at school supplies shops. You can also improvise them and make your own creative game materials for your kids or pupils. Elementary graders can do their own cards and game materials during a group work supervised by the teacher. They can also work on game materials as their projects. This way they come up with personalized flashcards and spelling game materials.

Games for spelling like crosswords and word puzzles are available for different ages. While kindergarten children may do with one or two syllable simple words, older students can do with more complex words. These games involve collaborative and interactive learning.

Today, games for spelling can be played online. Internet games for spelling are already popular for students learning English. Such interactive games have also become important aspects of online English lessons and tutorials, which are available for different ages.

This website, http://www.writerscamps.com, is an established company  which produces game cards aimed to deliver a terrific array of supplement for English language and mathematics worksheets made to help teachers and parents in making learning amusing for the students. In case you are looking for good quality yet reasonably priced spelling games for students to help reinforce their spelling skills and let them discover new words and spellings in a fun and relaxed atmosphere then you ought to check out Grammar Game cards.