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Sunday, April 15, 2012

How to Help Your Child Learn to Spell | Ultimate Spelling Software

The article begins:
Children often get different advice about spelling from different sources. Depending on who they’re listening to, they might hear any or all of these statements:
  • “Just leave the space on the spelling test blank when you don’t know the word, and fill it in later if you have time.”
  • “When you can’t spell a word, write it out according to the way it sounds, using the letters that seem to fit the best.”
  • “If you don’t know how to spell a word, use a different one that has the same meaning.”
  • “Make something up that looks right – what’s important is that you fill in every blank on the test.”
  • “Look it up in the dictionary, or ask someone else how to spell the word.”
The writer then describes when each of the methods could be useful, though the writer rejects the fourth idea.

Note: The article and Web page don't contain any heavy-handed marketing of the spelling software.

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