Why Spelling? The Benefits of Incorporating Spelling Into Beginning Reading Instruction
Wayne State University
Reading and spelling are often treated as separate subjects, with reading considered to be more important than spelling at the early elementary school level. Today, in many U.S. first- and second-grade classrooms, reading is taught at one time of day and with one set of materials. Spelling, if formally covered at all, is taught at a different time of day and with different materials than those used for reading. Is this an optimal approach? No, say the many children for whom spelling means dreary memorization of lists ...