“Why do we learn to spell words?”
Learning to spell words is important to our children´s future. Spelling deals with the basic foundation through student´s educational process. According to an article by specialist Susan Jones, M.Ed., spelling improves reading, writing, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Second and Third grade students participated in a spelling bee which started in each class. Different students took a place in the tournament with the purpose of being the representative of the grade they belonged to.
We had the final spelling bee with the Second and Third grade representatives; it was a session full of joy and excitement. Finally, we got the students who demonstrated to be great spellers.
Susan Jones, M. (2/2009)bases her thesis ¨The Importance of Spelling ¨ on the research by The Linguistic Department at Cambridge that states the Understanding of a text, even though we have just the first and last letters, we can read it without any problem due to the firm foundation in the sounds, represented by letters and their spelling.
Here is the paragraph.
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch by the Lngiusiitc Dptanmeret at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
Translation: According to research by the Linguistic Department at Cambridge University, it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be at the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole.
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