Your Child's Spelling
You may wonder why your child brings home writing with misspelled words.
Sometimes these early efforts are called “invented spellings,” but they are also known as “developmental spelling” because, over time, they become more complete and accurate as your child learns to read, and develops phonics knowledge.
represent one sound, spelling love as L or V.
accurate spelling. During the school year, watch as your child’s spelling includes more letters and sounds - even if it is still not complete. When your child progressed from crawling to taking steps on their own, you were very
proud of their development and encouraged them to walk, even though they often stumbled and fell. When children spell “love” as L, or LV or LUV, they are taking their first steps into the world of writing, and you should encourage these efforts as well. Don’t worry that these early efforts will stick with them and interfere with learning correct spelling. With exposure, practice and instruction, children will continue to develop until they can spell thousands of words correctly without even thinking about it – just like they can run and skip and twirl without thinking about it. However, unlike learning to walk, learning to spell takes many years to master because English is a complicated written language.
Encourage your child to write at home, and if he or she asks you how to spell a word, say “What sounds do you hear?” rather than simply giving the spelling. Offer praise for what they figure out and accept what they were able to do. When children bring home something they have written at school, ask them to read it to you and show them that you are proud of how they are learning to communicate with writing. I am happy to talk with you further about this if you have any questions.