Reading and spelling

Reading and spelling

There is a link between good spellers and good readers. What is unclear is whether the reader is good because of her ability to spell, or if she is a good speller, because reading came easy. It is thought that spelling and reading use a similar part of the brain to process written language. Some people believe that being able to memorize and recognize more words and how those words are spelled, means that the student doesn’t need to work as hard to figure out each word. By not having to work as hard, the student gets more joy and satisfaction from reading. By getting more satisfaction the student is more likely to continue to read, and improve because of that practice. All of that being said, it is possible for someone to be a good reader and still consider themselves a poor speller. Until all of the links in the brain are understood, it is reasonable to believe that reading and spelling are linked in some way, and that improving one of them will, in all likelihood, improve the other. The link between reading and spelling is certainly worth exploring and fostering.

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