Why learning how to spell is important


Nowadays, learning how to spell well is a neglected skill. Yet, learning how to spell is a crucial part of learning how to read!  One could say that accurate spelling is the handmaiden to accurate reading. When it is not there, reading suffers.

Why? Because when children have to produce words with four or more letters they develop skills that foster what I call “hidden abilities.”  Hidden abilities are the skills that let us create amazingly intricate constructions with language without ever being away of the reasons responsible for what we are doing. They are the backbone to effective reading.

If you’d like some guidelines on learning how to spell, see my previous post on How to Teach Kids Spelling.

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