about suffixes early on is important in that it greatly improves reading comprehension at all levels. Kids and adults alike enjoy learning about suffixes through fun word matching games.
Understanding prefixes and suffixes for kids is an important part of learning English grammar. Just as teaching kids root words is crucial to improving general reading comprehension skills, so does learning suffixes and using suffixes greatly increase kids’ vocabulary.
Knowing suffix meanings and suffix definitions also helps students see and use context and etymological clues, allowing them to make educated guesses about the meaning of unfamiliar words.
Teaching kids suffixes early on (suffixes for elementary school students) helps build a strong foundation of parts of speech which will be very useful later on when taking graduate and professional school entrance exams — especially since there are many suffixes on the GRE itself. For an early introduction to be most successful, it should be followed by learning suffixes in middle school and further reinforced by continuing to study suffixes in high school.
As numerous suffixes are derived from Greek and Latin roots, ESL students and teachers can benefit from a multi-lingual approach to the meanings of suffixes.
Whether learning or teaching suffixes, there are excellent online suffix resources for creating suffix worksheets as well as suffixes activities and suffix lists. Fun suffix games for kids are also a great way to embark on suffix learning.