|Posted on 6 February, 2019 at 4:55|
A little while back while travelling overseas, I had the opportunity to assist a young boy with his spelling skills.
What often happens is that children and adults alike, may find it difficult to remember how to spell words correctly, no matter how much time they spend on learning the words. Flashcards etc. may prove to be a short-term solution. The child may spend many hours learning their spelling homework and the result is low marks on their test the next day.
This can cause unnecessary stress, low self-esteem and maybe even bullying from peers. These children then see spelling tests as a mountain before them and may even make excuses to stay away from school. I recently experienced a case like this.
Now what typically happens in children who struggle to retain the knowledge they have read is that they do not use their visual acuity when learning. In many cases they go into the kinaesthetic. This is not the way to learn and easily retain information.
So, back to the child overseas. This boy is 7 years old and English is not his first language. I did a quick assessment and found that he was accessing the spelling words in the area of “feeling” and not “seeing”. Imagine having to learn the word “hippopotamus” in your second language at the age of 7?
I applied the Learning Strategy in NLP and to his parents’ amazement, I had him spelling hippopotamus forwards and backwards in less than 5 minutes. When I asked him to spell the word again the next day, he could easily recall the word.
The absolute delight on this child’s face was so rewarding.