Children and Spelling Mistakes

Language skills with strong vocabulary are ideally considered the part and parcel of strong communication abilities. But what you all generally do to build your child’s language skills? Try hard to teach and train the kid to write words and see to it that the kid does this task without mistakes. Isn’t it? But the fact is that most of the children, on their way to learning, do make occasional spelling mistakes. It is common and there is nothing to get angry over it with your tiny tots. There is absolutely no need to dread about the spelling mistakes if you are ready to guide the children in the right way.

Yes, we do agree that schools have a primary role to play in teaching children the nitty-gritty of spelling mistakes. And at the K.R. Mangalam School, we give the needed attention to handle the children’s spelling mistakes and help them overcome their learning problems, thereby improving their overall language skills for the better. Teachers at KRMS understand the learning problems in children and help sort out their spelling mistakes, guiding them until they learn to spell quickly and easily. They regularly review each child’s progress by creating ample opportunities for learning the correct spelling patterns and ingraining efficient language skills in the students’ mind. But for effective learning, it is important that parents do contribute to the development of children and this is why we always request the parents to help us achieve the desired development of their children.

The way you handle your children’s spelling errors can make a big difference to their ability and confidence level. Schools, teachers, and parents together have a role to play in teaching spellings to children at their every level of development. So let’s together dig into how to get it done!

Right off the bat, you have to understand that children who fall behind in learning words and spellings need special attention and should be regularly given the opportunity to overcome their problem. Usually, children tend to mix up letters, forget spellings/words, or even misspell them each time differently. This could be because of various reasons like lack of attention, slow learning, and forgetfulness. Nevertheless, there are several ways in which you can deal with your children’s spelling mistakes, and this can be done without forcing them or being over-demanding.

Try out the tips and suggestions detailed below and we are sure you’ll positively be able to help your beloved child overcome his/her unique learning problems:

Develop auditory/vocal skills:

Good spellers are generally good readers and speakers. So, do get your child his or her favorite books to help develop reading habits and improve their language skills. It is important to restrict watching TV as they cannot talk back or learn anything. It is important that children use the language often while talking, reading, and writing which helps them get the grasp of it. Give your child the opportunity to speak the language with you so that the shyness gets off and they learn it quickly. Let them talk out loud and even spell the words loud while reading books. This way, your kid will pronounce, spell, and learn words better.

Let them write:

For high school grade children, it would be appropriate to let them write about experiences and the things they like. They can write stories themselves or retell the story from books in their own words. For younger children, you can ask them to frame simple sentences and write them down. Letting them write small words without any help from the adults around can actually help them gain a lot of confidence on themselves which further eases the path to learning. Ask them to find words from magazines or books and write them all by themselves so that they learn on their own. You can also play simple games with children by letting them learn often misspelled words.


Dictation is an efficient tool for teaching spellings to children. When you dictate simple words/phrases in day-to-day life, your kids will eventually get to learn better. Start with few words or sentences each day and let your child repeat them and write. Do not interrupt while he/she writes and do not try to correct him/her at that moment. Let your kid do the writing fully and later allow him/her to correct himself/herself before you step in to help. Remember, the fewer the words, more is the child likely to concentration. Do not hurry or make the child feel pressured. Let him/her pause and reflect on the spelling before he/she writes. Give the child the space to concentrate on what he/she is learning and let them try to recall a spelling rule. You can encourage the child by pointing out the mistakes casually as if they are not a big deal. Don’t overdo or exaggerate the mistakes. Indeed, let them know that mistakes are the learning opportunity for children to better themselves, and reward them when they do it right.

Practice Pronunciation:

Spelling and phonetics are just a part of learning and it’s not that hard. The trick is to have your child practice spelling and pronunciation as much as possible. Give your child a small study list every day to learn the words. Ask him/her to pronounce it out loud. The child should know how to pronounce a word properly before he/she attempts to spell it. If they pronounce it wrong, they will probably spell it wrong. So, teach the child how to pronounce each word and then let him/her do the spelling all by himself/herself.

Determine the ‘Why’:

If you notice your child making too many spelling mistakes quite often, before asking him to correct what he/she has written down, do see to it that you determine the underlying concerns. Once the child knows how to apply the spelling rule or how to pronounce a word, or how to use syllables or root words, find out what and where he/she goes wrong in spelling the words. Talk to the child and try gaining an insight into his/her mind for why is he/she misspelling the word. After determining the cause of the spelling mistake, correct the child to make him/her aware of the mistake with appropriate explanation. This will help the child gain more sense in learning the spellings.

The goal at K.R. Mangalam School is to strengthen and keep improving the children’s vocabulary and language skills. The faculty at KRMS builds in children a positive attitude towards learning to practice and improve their reading and writing skills in a well-versed manner. Overall, KRMS has been imparting quality education to help students learn efficiently and enhance their skills and abilities to achieve both academic and professional success.

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