Creating Lifetime Learners

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Easy and Fun Ways to Learn Spelling

The best way to learn is to create a fun environment in which the individual is interested in what is happening. This can be applied to any subject- make it fun, and your kids will be interested and will learn faster and easier.

There are so many tools available to us today to assist in guiding our children’s learning. The internet is one of those.

One of our favorite sites, Starfall.com offers spelling games with simple words. (Go to the page here) They have games to play in which the kids can finish the word- easy words like fox, box, log, dog, etc. It sounds out the letters for them and then says the word.

Additionally, they can print out the words that they completed, and it creates a nice worksheet where they can trace and write the word, and then create a sentence and draw a picture about it.

The interactive capability on the internet is great for combining auditory, visual and kinesthetic. You can then transfer what they do on the computer to a worksheet that carries the learning further. It makes learning a little more fun than doing only worksheets.

Another way to make spelling fun is to make it informal. Don’t require that your child sit down and study their spelling. Take a walk and review the words, spell the things around you, dog, bike, ball, book, spider- whatever you find in the world around you, especially the things that your children takes interest in like dragons, princesses, ballet or karate.

For older children, you can play online Wordfind or Spelling Match. For younger children, sing spelling songs and word games

Allow your children to type on the computer. Let them send emails, or post on a blog, to practice spelling and computer skills (a must for today’s world) (Here’s an idea that incorporates keyboard and flash cards)

Remember that teaching something does not have to be difficult or cumbersome. The more natural you can make it, the more you can relate it to your child’s life, and the more fun it is, the easier it will be for them to learn and remember it. Our purpose is to make learning fun, incorporate it into daily life and develop into a lifetime habit, instead of for only a 7 hours a day, 5 days a week for 18 years. Learning is always!

For more ideas on teaching spelling (on and off line), click here.

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How Reading-Aloud Helps Learning

Between the ages of four and seven, many children begin to recognize words on a page. Reading aloud can help demystify the reading process. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch your young readers’ understanding, and motivate them to improve their skills.

No method better prepares children for that moment when “reading” clicks. Reading to children effectively builds and reinforces vocabulary as well. The relationship between the printed word, the spoken word, and the meaning of words moves from the abstract to the concrete. Reading aloud contextualizes words that are often taught in isolated instances.

Even if a book is beyond your child’s reading level, it’s not beyond their listening level, and they are bound to be introduced to a plethora of new words. Hearing the words, following the storyline, and creating a whole picture allows the child to “place” the words, and become accustomed to using complete sentences.

Children who are read to grow to love books. They remember the stories that made them laugh or cry. They remember sharing stories with people they love, ad they anticipate with joy the time when they will be able to read for themselves.

Source: One Hundred and One Read-Aloud Classics