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My Spelling Notebook: The Gift of Reading
My Spelling Notebook The Gift of Reading Author:Trudy H. Palmer Many children, as well as adults, have great difficulty with our English Spelling System. The problem lies in the fact that most young spellers in teh elementary years are taught spelling words by rote memory having paid little or no attention to teh spelling rules involved. Theerefore they are limited in their spelling ability by how much the... more »y have memorized. THe foundational problem lies in this method of teaching.
It only makes sense to apply spelling rules as you study common words. A student will then be able to "think-ou" the spellin gof many words; he uses his mind and not just memory alone.
In learning to spell English words, a student will be helped initially by being told what kind of word he is dealing with and what rules are involved. Gradually he will repeat the mental work required in applying this knowledge of the phonograms and of the various spelling rules in his own written work thus building a study habit of great value.« less