When talking with a friend about spelling, she said she remembered learning to spell certain words as a child. And I also recall learning new words. At age 10, I practiced spelling as I sat on the curb in front of my house, waiting for my grandma to visit from Utah. My spelling word was "neighbor." My mom told me our old neighbor spelled this word "nerber," so spelling was indeed important to learn the skill of spelling. I continue to learn spelling through helpful friends and spell check. And my daughter is learning spelling in a variety of ways as well.
One of her favorite books right now is Berenstain Bears and the Big Spelling Bee. It reminded me of my spouse's enthusiasm when he started that first spelling test for his own daughter. In this book, Sister Bear learns spelling through reading many books. After winning a spelling bee, Sister's papa strongly encourages her to cram for an upcoming spelling bee. When Sister correctly spells vicarious to win the bee, Papa realizes he has been vicarious in "taking undo pleasure from the achievements of others." And he steps back, as we all do from time to time when helping our children learn and grow. Learning to write, like parenting, is a fine balance. There are so many ways to learn to write. As our children grow, we will discover new ways of balancing one another and of incorporating language into our world of home learning.
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