Homophones words. How to explain to children what they mean

Homophones words. How to explain to children what they mean

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Our language is very rich, it has countless spelling rules with many exceptions, and that makes it more difficult to learn, leading to many errors.

There are words that sound the same, are written differently and have different meanings. Are the homophone words and it is the subject that occupies us today.

In the following sentences:

- I am talking with my sister

- Softening the flour dough with the rolling pin.

It is clear that although the two words are pronounced the same, we cannot speak with the flour dough, or soften our sister with the rolling pin, so understanding the message of the sentence is essential to see which is the correct word in context.

This can be a headache, but we can also learn by playing and having a very entertaining time with homophone words.

Who does not know this phrase ?: There is a man who says ¡ay!

It is a great aid to recognize the three words and to spell them correctly.

There = (adverb of place).

Hay = (from the verb have).

Oh! = (interjection of pain).

Other examples of homophone words are:

- To have and to see, there and there, shake and ajito, there would be and opened, wing and pull, hello and wave, cow and roof rack. Horn and up, hair and beauty. Tube and had, male and baron, vacillation and bacillus.

To make the children pay more attention to these words, we can make sentences in which the two exist together. For example:

- Days after taking the exam he came to see the note.

You will quickly realize that the two words are pronounced the same, but they are not spelled the same and have different meanings. We will explain so that there is no doubt that 'to have' is from the verb and 'to see' is to go to look, therefore the message will be clear.

We can continue putting examples with the words that generally lead to the most mistakes.

- I put salt in the food my sister has made because it is bland.

- The boy fed his puppy, after having done the homework.

- You should have gone to see the movie before.

- The child has to go outside to be able to ride a bicycle.

- The plumber had to weld a pipe to repair the fault.

- He was a very beautiful young man who had no hair on his arms.

I leave you a very short story of my invention with the words: asta, even, would have, opened, have, to see, had, tube, glass, glass. I encourage you to invent a story with the children, always according to their age, with the homophone words that you choose among all.


A bull grew up with an antler in the center of its head, and for this reason its owners were worried.

- 'We would have to call the vet to come see the bull's horn,' they said, while the animal's eyes widened listening nervously. We should have called the vet by now, they kept talking as they fed him.

The next day, Pablo, who was the name of the veterinarian, went to the farm and went to see the bull's horn with surprise.

When Pablo imprisoned the animal's head to get a closer look at its antler, the little bull fidgeted, pushing the man, who had to grab onto a metal tube that protruded from the wall to avoid falling to the ground.

- 'I base myself on what I see' .- Pablo finally said, drinking a glass of water to refresh himself:

- 'This little bull does not have any disease, he is strong as an oak' .- he said caressing his back- he is simply different from the others. He is a very special bull.

From that day on, the bull proudly boasted of his antler when he went out to the field for a walk. The farmers were very calm and the little bull was happy.

(After reading the story we can invite the children to write the homophone words they find in the text. Then we will clarify the meaning of each one of them until they have no doubts).

We can also build sentences in which children have to put the correct word and in its place. For example:

- The girl opened her mouth a lot when she saw the sweets.

- The kitchen is very dirty, it should be cleaned.

- He had to bend down to avoid hitting his head.

- It was a wooden tube, cylindrical and open on both sides.

- I'm going to town to see my grandparents.

- Having come before, there are no tickets left.

- Go over there, so you don't have to jump the fence.

- There's a ball there.

To finish I leave you a phrase from Pierre Lecomte Du Nouÿ: 'From the moment the word develops, the human personality appears'.

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