Spelling can be the cause of many children turning away from writing – how can we prevent this from happening?
Writing is a fundamental tool, an important means with which we interface with the world and with the surrounding reality. Children often approach this activity in a natural way even from very young: they are curious to imitate the adults around them, tracing their first signs and reproducing the first letters uncertainly. They explore this new world with spontaneity and fun and we, as parents, indulge this interest.
Growing up, then, with the entry into primary school, this playful activity becomes a skill to be learned and here one encounters the first difficulties, especially when getting to know spelling! In fact, spelling is often considered boring, incomprehensible, and can be the cause why some children turn away from writing, discouraged by too many rules and frustrated by the many cases they cannot memorize.
Study and repetition are certainly fundamental steps to fix information in the mind… but they are also very often boring…. How to lighten these activities?
Here are three strategies that we can easily apply for our children:
Have fun inventing spelling games together or get help from the teacher Elisabetta Magnani. Elisabetta has been using fun techniques for years to make her students learn even the most difficult subjects. It is with the collaboration of Elisabetta that the QUID + series published by Gribaudo, Feltrinelli group, has been enriched with a new educational game Il Rubasillabe – Spelling games with difficult sounds. As Elisabetta explains, "we concentrated on difficult phonemes, that is those sounds that do not correspond to an intuitive orthographic representation, a single letter to be clear: this is the case of digraphs and trigrams such as GL, GN and SC" Around these difficult syllables learning many party games have been created, which through fun help to memorize the correct spelling, almost without realizing it!