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Learning to spell is important because good spelling aids communication. Research shows a strong relationship between spelling and writing: Writers who must think too hard about how to spell use up valuable brain power needed for higher level composition.  Poor spellers may restrict what they write to words they can spell, which inevitably has an impact on the written work, or they may lose track of their thoughts when they get stuck trying to spell a word.   The benefits of learning spellings  go well beyond 'having good spelling': For young children, research clearly indicates that spelling supports learning to read, and for older children, learning about the meaningful relationships between words will contribute to vocabulary growth and reading comprehension.
How can I help? 
The website School Run has a whole host of handy tips to support families to support their children in learning to spell - check it out!