How can I help my child become a better speller?

Parents can help their children become better spellers by providing them with lots of opportunities to practice their spelling in fun and relaxed ways. For example, have your child practice spelling words in unexpected materials (such as shaving cream, finger paint, sand, or magnetic letters) rather than using a piece of paper and a pencil. Another great way to help children become better spellers is to incorporate writing into the everyday fun activities that you share. For example, ask your child to help you write a grocery list or send a letter to a friend or family member. You can also try playing word games like Scrabble Junior or Bananagrams and do words searches that match your child’s interests.

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.