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Chapter 6: Spelling and Writing
Some children are taught to spell when they learn to read; for these children, spelling and reading are integrated. Other children are taught to read without ever receiving formal spelling instructions. Whether or not we learn to spell correctly, the fact remains that spelling has to be accurate to convey the meaning of a written word. Just as people who mispronounce words are hard to understand, people who misspell words are hard to understand when their mode of communication is writing. The question, then, is not whether spelling is important but how we learn to spell, and what the relationship between spelling and reading is?
I asked a 5-year-old who is in kindergarten to spell a ...