Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Tips for parents spelt out in new booklet

    25/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Every parent in Western Australia with young children in public schools will soon have a booklet which encourages them to get involved in teaching their children to spell.


    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the booklet ‘At Home with Spelling’ explained how parents could help their children with words and develop strong spelling skills.


    “Parents play an important role in helping shape their child’s attitude to spelling,” he said.


    “There are many things parents can do through children’s play and everyday fun activities.”


    The Minister said a child’s performance in the classroom could be improved considerably if they were also exposed to words on a regular basis outside school.


    “Children learn about words in many different ways,” he said.


    “Spelling skills develop over time and even when they cannot spell, children learn from trying to write words and looking on while being read to.


    “Young children benefit by sharing experiences with their parents inside and outside the home such as reading books, posters, signs, internet pages and birthday cards.


    “This booklet contains some great activities for parents to include in everyday life which demonstrate to children that words have a purpose, and that words and letters are connected.”


    In the coming weeks, the ‘At Home with Spelling’ booklet will be distributed to parents of all children in Kindergarten to Year Three in WA public schools.


    Mr McGowan said ‘the booklet was the latest component of the Government’s commitment to engage parents in their children’s education.


    “Research has shown that children perform better at school if their parents are actively involved in their education from an early age,” he said.


    “A strong partnership between home and school helps to build a shared understanding of the child’s learning and how best to support them as they progress through school.


    “I hope that all parents of early primary-aged children will make full use of this booklet to give their child the best possible start in their spelling.”


    Minister's office: 9222 9111