With spell-checkers on our computers and on our phone, one of the most common questions being asked by my students is why is spelling even necessary? Is spelling or rather the ability to spell slowly becoming obsolete?
My answer to these questions always comes in 3 folds:
1. Spelling aids with reading. If it’s not already plainly obvious, but there’s connection between sounds and letters. Understanding the sound of each vowel and consonant can easily assist in the reading process. It allows students to draw the connection between sounds and letters, which in turn will aid in their comprehension.
2. Poor spelling leaves a poor impression. A university application or a resume brimming with spelling errors simply will not make it very far. Educators should be equipping the future generation with tools to succeed, and one of them is spelling.
3. Lastly, spelling builds confidence. As I had mentioned previously, the direct relationship between spelling and reading should now be very apparent. Therefore, good spellers will equate to good readers. The effects of falling behind in reading will take a large toll on academics and self-esteem. Worst, children can lose all desire to learn.
This brings me back to the original question: is spelling even necessary? Yes! Learning to spelling doesn’t have to be a tedious process; it can actually be fun and enjoyable.
JEI Learning Center Richmond Hill Second Annual Spelling Bee will personify this world of sounds in a friendly competition.