By the middle of first grade, your child will probably have encountered her first few homonyms…those words that sound the same but are spelled differently, and mean different things, too.
There will be many years ahead for your child to develop this knowledge, but now’s a great time to start exploring some basics. In particular, it’s important for your budding reader to be able to tell the difference between “to,” “two,” and “too,” as well as “here” and “hear,” and “there” and “their.” Your child may have problems spelling these words for the next year or two, but she can still learn to distinguish between them in a written text!
Kids often learn homonyms through flashcards, but here’s an “organic” approach—using real storybooks—that should prove to be much more fun. Try it and see!