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Children progress through certain stages of spelling development. Knowing this progression allows teachers to compel development through their instruction. Phonics-based spelling, sometimes called invented spelling, is the first step towards conventional spelling.

Activity: Find out strategies for doing supporting young writers in this article, such as promoting the use of invented spelling in the early stages.

 Watch (4:41) first grade teacher to encourage writers to spelling using emerging knowledge of letter-sound correspondence.

  • How does this teacher integrate spelling development into writing workshop?

  • How might these ideas inform your spelling instruction?


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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education