Tuesday, October 5, 2010

E. B. White On Spelling

"What next do you study?" asked Stuart.
"Spelling," cried the children.
"Well," said Stuart, "a misspelled word is an abomination in the sight of everyone. I consider it a very fine thing to spell words correctly and I strongly urge every one of you to buy a Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and consult it whenever you are in the slightest doubt. So much for spelling. What's next?" -- Stuart Little by E. B. White
I have nothing more to add! Except... if your child asks how to spell a word, it's okay to just tell them. They've likely already tried to figure it out and asking them to do that again may just frustrate them further. They'll be able to make connections by hearing you say the word and then writing it down for themselves.