The Importance of Spelling for All Aspects of Learning
Communication skills are essential for a child to grow and interact successfully with the world. Communication usually begins with simple body language, gestures and vocalizations. As children progress to verbal communication, they naturally develop an early understanding of their native language.
Making the connection between verbal expression and written communication is much more complex, and requires a combination of observation and formal instruction. The foundational skills for successful written communication are learned at this time, such as the ability to identify letters by sight and build associations between written patterns and vocal expressions.
Spelling, the art of correctly assembling words from their letters, is one of the essential components of successful writing. Being confident at spelling leads to confidence in all aspects of literacy. The ability to recognize the links between words of the same origin and understanding word relationships has been proven to aid comprehension skills.
Research has found that spelling, reading, writing, and comprehension skills are all closely linked. A research study conducted by L.C. Ehri for the Scientific Study of Reading found that spelling instruction improves reading ability, as it builds a learner’s knowledge of the alphabetic system as it is used in reading.
K-5th – Words Their Way
6th-8th- Pearson Literature
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”