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Tips to Helping an Early Reader

Oct 9, 2007
Many parents want to give their child a good head start in school. Reading is one of the most important skills and spelling is an integral part of the skills required to read and write well. Parents can find a list of spelling words to practice with their child but it is important to remember that teachers have a strategy when presenting words.

Flooding your child with too much information too soon may overwhelm him. If he enters the classroom already knowing the information and skills developed in the curriculum he may become bored. The boredom often leads to behavior problems. This is not to suggest that practicing spelling words and such will lead to behavioral troubles in the classroom but too much preparation can work against your child in school.

Also, you can really turn your child against reading and writing if you push too much information on him too soon. The child may become frustrated if he is not ready to learn the words quite yet. This frustration may be felt over and over each time he is introduced to the activity.

There are specific steps that teachers take to ensure that their students will comfortably enjoy reading and writing. They develop a list of spelling words that are commonly used in stories and are commonly used in everyday situations. Of course, words like dog, cat, say, red and hen are popular words for the 1st grade spelling words.

These familiar words are introduced to the class systematically. The children learn the words by sight and sound as they are presented by the teacher. The words in most cases are associated with a story that the child brings home to read with his parents. This gives the child an opportunity to see the words and listen to how it functions in a sentence.

Even thought the list for the spelling words are not going to be studied in great depth, the presentation accompanied by stories help the child understand that the word serves a specific function. He also comes to realize that concrete objects are associated with language as well.

The English language is complex. Introducing spelling and grammar in fun ways can make all of the difference to a child's success in this realm. Using a list of spelling words to create a fun world of stories and a feeling of comfort and confidence for the child will pave the way to a bright reading and writing future.
About the Author
Sarah Jones loves teaching. When she isn't teaching her own son, she is busy sharing her love of education with others.
Find a wide assortment of Lesson Plans , crafts for kids, and education tips at her site, http://www.KnowMore.com.
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