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If you have an elementary aged child, then like me, you probably dread the weekly spelling test. My daughter’s first language is not English so, for her, spelling is hard and studying for spelling tests is even harder. The English language is especially hard because not all words are spelled like they sound or sound like they’re spelled. There are rules to help you understand how a word is spelled but there are many exceptions to the rules. It can be super frustrating! The silent “H” in “when” was our battle last week. It makes no sense; you just have to remember it is there!
After being at school all day the last thing kids want to do is more homework at home and especially practice spelling words! Most children do not want to write their words five times each to practice. So at our house we’ve had to get a little creative. Here are some ways that we practice our spelling words.
Write spelling words IN a fun medium.
Write spelling words WITH a fun medium.
Practice spelling words while doing something fun.
Create pneumonic devices.
All children enjoy learning so much more when it is fun. These activities can be used for any child but are particularly suited for children who crave sensory input. These suggestions can also be
used with practicing math or memorizing information for a test.
I want my children to be successful in school but I don’t want them to hate it. When a child joins a family through adoption, spelling, reading, and math, shouldn’t be the top priority in the beginning, building attachment should be. So it is important to set limits on the amount of time spent on homework. A child adopted internationally will likely have some delays and it will take time for them to catch up to grade level. Work closely with your child’s teacher, principal, and social worker to decide what educational plan will work best for your child and advocate for your child’s needs. But most importantly try to make learning fun and do activities together to build attachment.
15 Dec 2018
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