Ever worried that your grammar and spelling are not good enough for you to feel confident helping your child with their homework? You are not alone. A nationwide survey by DK* in July 2015 revealed only half of all parents feel confident pointing out their child’s grammar mistakes. The rise of technology and ‘spellcheck’ in the last few years has meant that skills such as spelling and grammar have lost importance, leading one fifth of parents surveyed to admit that their spelling isn’t as good as it should be.
While common phrases also stump us with more than one in ten of us finding it hard to distinguish between your and you’re, and 37% are not sure when to use its or it’s. While 48% of the parents misspelt ‘separate’. What is more troubling is that this can filter down to the next generation.
Like their parents, the children also struggled over seemingly simple words, with more than half unable tospell ‘definitely’ correctly. Most worryingly, just over half of children can correctly identify a noun and only 53% are aware that a verb is a doing word. Your children may also lack confidence in their spelling and grammar skills, as a shocking fifth of the children surveyed think that their classmates are better at spelling than they are.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. You can easily help your child – and yourself – gain confident in spelling and grammar with Carol Vorderman’s 10 Minutes A Day Spelling Fun and 10 Minutes A Day Vocabulary workbooks which help children to unravel the rules and challenges behind spelling and grammar, to make learning fun and ease some of the pressure off confused parents.
“We are sometimes told that spelling and grammar are ‘out of fashion’ but it seems that they are just as important as ever” Carol says, “’they provide a solid foundation for children as they learn to read, write and communicate.”
*The research for DK was carried out online by Opinion Matters between 26/06/2015 and 03/07/2015 amongst a panel resulting in 1004 parents of primary school aged children and 1004 primary school aged children. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).