Among the first words your child will learn to write are the trio to, two, and too, three homophones that give some adults trouble.
Homonyms are words that have different meanings and spellings, but which sound alike. Children can be introduced to the concept at the same time they are exposed to the Dolch list of 220 words taught to beginning readers. In addition to the “to” trio, the Dolch includes the following six homonym pairs:
red/read (past tense)
Even for children who will grow up to use computers for writing, learning homonyms is an important basic skill.
SpellCheck will catch unique spellings like definite and separate, but the only insurance against misspelling homonyms is to learn them by heart.
Here are twenty homonym pairs that may come the way of your six-year-old: