Spelling VIII: Pronunciation

Five days a week I spend a large portion of each morning teaching spelling.  I watch children working, like ancient scribes, to represent their speech sounds with the symbols I am teaching them.  I do teach standard spelling.  I do not teach them to spell any way that feels right, but I encourage students to … Continue reading Spelling VIII: Pronunciation

Spelling VII: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are some things that most of us readers and speakers of English just know.  The letter q is always followed by u.  I don’t care what the Scrabble Dictionary says.  Though si sometimes sounds like sh (session), I don’t remember ever seeing anyone trying to use si for the sh sound at the beginning … Continue reading Spelling VII: Why Didn’t I Think of That?