invented and inventive spelling, part deux

Whoa! I never realized there would be such specific and differing responses to my post about Cooper and his invented spelling techniques. According to the comments here– and I hope you know I trust my readers above all others– I need to be on it and teach my kid how to spell. Thanks to Amy, Heather, Sarah, and Anonymous, I will be so on it. I don’t know what “sonsonant blends” and “digraphs” are but I guess I’m about to find out. More firewood for the Mother Load!

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RebeccaC September 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Have a first grader, too. Catholic school. Her teachers sometimes use something called 'creative spelling'. It's supposed to let the children enjoy the thrill of writing without getting bogged down in the frustration of spelling correctly. I had a tough time with this because I was always good at spelling and didn't see the big deal. My only problem now is knowing whether the assignment she's doing is supposed to use 'creative' or traditional spelling (do I correct it or not?!). I have noticed her spelling improving with time, though, and she does enjoy writing. My 11 year old didn't have the 'creative writing' thing and does not enjoy writing however
he is a great speller. No conclusion from me about it yet. I guess I just think that maybe you shouldn't sweat it too much.

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Heather October 10, 2009 at 12:32 am

I know I'm a freak. I can even give him a spelling assessment if it makes you happy (I can, but I'm soooo kidding) 🙂

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