Big elephants can’t always understand small elephants

When we spell out a word, we usually sound it out right? Well in the case of some words like  “because”, it doesn’t really work. “Cause” can be spelled/sounded out as “Cos”, “Caws”  and in addition to that the last ‘e’ is silent! Spelfabet is a really cool memorization technique which uses sentences to help spell out words. If you haven’t realized it yet, the above sentence is the spelling of “because”.

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The article also highlighted some interesting points regarding spelling:

  • When looking for a job, 75% of employers would reconsider hiring someone due to bad spelling/ grammar.
  • Learners require teaching that includes manipulating phonemes, segmenting & blending, small group work to be successful. Feedback is also important.
  • Students who see word spelling learn the meanings easier.
  • Memorize sight words a few at a time. Also use the words in writing and using it correctly often.

I really like this strategy, especially for younger grades because I have noticed how well my K/1’s are at remembering ever movement and song lyric to Jolly Phonics. I think learning phrases to help them spell would be very beneficial and I would like to try this in my practicum class for sure.

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