When a child requests the spelling of a word, parents often say the letters and the child writes them down. This is an automatic response that serves the immediate purpose but it does not do anything to encourage better spelling—or even retention of the word that you just spelled out. A key to good spelling is the development of good visual memory skills. They are what allow a good speller to look at a word and instantly know if it is spelled correctly or not.
So instead of saying the letters, write out the word, or a set of words, have your child look carefully, then cover your writing and ask your child to write the word(s) from memory. This is just one of several options that lead to better spelling skills.
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