Importance of Spelling in Reading

Posted by My Chapter One on 29.08.2022

Spellings matter

Spelling affects almost every aspect of our daily communication, from how we understand something, to how we communicate our own thoughts and opinions. The importance of spelling cannot be understated when it comes to our children’s future because good communication & writing skills are a must!

Spelling and reading skills are interrelated. Learning how to spell can also have a huge impact on how well children are able to read! Spelling helps a child see the patterns in language and to understand how words are formed. Moreover, learning to spell new words widens their vocabulary and also exposes them to a richer set of linguistic patterns!

If a child doesn’t know how to spell words very well,, he/she may hesitate to read, get frustrated, give up reading or develop an aversion to it. This will hinder them to advance to the next level.

Ways to include spellings in day-to-day activities

Gone are the days when children had to sit and memorize the words in the spelling list. The long list of words itself made the task seem so tedious. The phonics way of learning to read words, decode, and learning to spell is the best way in which a child learns. This systematic way of learning helps children become good at their spelling skills. Being able to spell words correctly not only makes the task easier but also develops their interest in reading more books!

We use spellings in our day-to-day life during various activities. The best way to get kids to learn new spellings and to make it interesting is by getting them involved in activities like note-taking, getting them into a habit of sticking post-its for tasks to be done, making grocery lists, to-do lists, or even writing a letter to Santa. 😊 And don’t forget to tell them that if Santa is unable to read n understand what they’ve written then all they get is a Dictionary for Christmas from him!

How Does Spelling Support Reading?

Spelling supports reading in more ways than one. It helps children make sense of what they read, They both depend on the same mental representation of a word. If a child knows the spelling of a word, it makes the mental representation stronger and helps them to read more fluently. This helps children become more proficient in reading and spend less time interpreting the words thereby leaving more time to comprehend. It teaches them grammar and sentence/word structure.

For example, let’s take the word aquarium, when a child learns to spell the word, the ideal way is to break it into 2 halves as per the sound of the alphabet. They learn that arium means artificial environment and aqua means water. Therefore, children learn that an aquarium is an artificial environment that has water in it. So learning to spell words systematically helps them comprehend and learn many more related words by breaking them down.

There are so many words in the English language and it is almost impossible for children to memorize all of them unless they have developed insights into how letters and sounds correspond. This is because words are not visually distinctive. For eg. Car, can , cane – they may appear the same to kids at the first sight. Learning to spell requires instruction and gradual integration of information about print, speech sounds, and meaning — these, in turn, support memory for whole words, which is used in both spelling and sight reading.

Why Spelling is important

Communication: Spelling is a vital element of communication. To be able to communicate verbally or by writing, knowledge of spelling is the basis of all communication. To pronounce a word correctly, a child must know the spelling.

Literacy: Teaching children (and those new to spelling) techniques, strategies, and rules to expand their vocabulary and spelling knowledge will benefit them in a myriad of ways, both with regard to learning, literacy levels, and in everyday life and situations

Career growthFor any job, communication is important. Therefore, for children to be successful in the long run spelling has a direct correlation to their success in life.

Academic success: So many schools are conducting spell bees to make sure that children are good with spelling. This is because if children spell a word wrong, it can affect their grades.

The Role of Spelling in Literacy Development

As per research, it has been seen that writing, reading, comprehension, and spelling skills are closely linked. Studies have shown that spelling instruction can enhance reading skills, as it enables children to expand their understanding of the alphabet and phonics techniques which are the basic requirements of fluent reading!  

While we know that all aspects of literacy and learning are crucial to a child’s development, but the knowledge and ability to spell and spell well is the most important of them all. This is needed for overall learning, development, and, life in general which also includes being able to successfully interact and communicate with the world around them.

Learning and Development at My Chapter One

Spellings are an integral part of your child’s language learning journey. With My Chapter One Reading Gym’s fun online learning classes, we provide your child with all the new-age skills he needs to learn to be future-ready. Our reading programs are based on different age groups. The children learn in a collaborative environment with their peers under the guidance of our expert reading hosts. Our one-of-its-kind curriculum ensures learning in a systematic manner which makes the sessions, not just enjoyable but also effective. At the reading gym, we don’t just help your child to read, we make them fall in love with reading and encourage them to participate and express themselves without hesitation through various activities such as group discussions, creative writing etc.

“Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life! Even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences.”

- Terry Pratchett

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