The central importance of language in primary education and the child's command over it is widely accepted. It's not difficult to see the reasons for this wide agreement.

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What can spelling tell us about relationships between words? While spelling may sometimes seem random or unexpected, this video by Gina Cooke illuminates how peeling back the layers of spelling helps us understand the complex history and meaningful structure of words.

Understanding why we write and knowing how one should go about writing are essential factors needed to write well! This presentation on writing by Sriparna also suggests activities for children to develop the habit of writing.

For lively interesting essays, the use of precise words is vital. An oral instruction to students on the accuracy of words or originality in writing an essay often fails to produce the required result. Sometimes, the teacher tries to guide students by providing the words which could be used to ‘sharpen’ the essay. No doubt this technique is helpful, but it does not make the student think independently and he or she writes a ‘guided’ composition of sorts.

Children everywhere are intrigued by pictures from the world around them. Visuals help in greater understanding of the subject that the children are learning and also help them respond positively to any questions about what they are learning. Visuals can be used to motivate children to speak, read and write and improve their power of observation. Here are some ideas for teachers to use visuals in different ways.

Writing is one of the four basic skills learnt in the English language. But getting children to express themselves creatively has always been a challenging task for teachers. Are poets and writers born or are they made? Is it possible to teach children to write poetry or a story, especially when English is only a second language?
Since English has to be taught and learnt more consciously than the mother tongue, creative writing in this language needs to be nurtured from the very beginning. This article provides some practical methods to help students write creatively in English.

Teaching children good handwriting is by no means an easy task. Forming clear letters also helps the child from making too many spelling mistakes. Good handwriting and good spelling go hand in hand.

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