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Writing and Spelling

Writing and Spelling
I only like writing when I'm writing my story. I don't like spelling, and what do I do?

Reply from the Highlights Editors
Many children have trouble with spelling, so don't feel that you're alone. There are some things you can do every day to improve your spelling skills.

First, you might like to keep a dictionary nearby so you can look up words that you're not quite sure of. It seems that looking up a word helps you remember the correct spelling.

Also, reading and writing as much as you can helps you improve your spelling skills. So it's great that you're writing stories! You can keep a list of new words that you've never spelled before and practice writing them a few times.

Finally, you can enlist the help of your teachers and parents. They'll be glad that you want to do better at spelling, and they may have more tips for you. Your parents might be willing to quiz you on a few words each night at home or while you're riding in the car.

If you tell yourself you don't like something, there's a good chance you never will like it. But if you tell yourself that you want to improve your spelling and you're willing to challenge yourself every day, it's likely that your spelling troubles will be a thing of the past.

We hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The Highlights Editors