The Importance of Phonetic “Invented” Spellings in Learning to Read


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Invented Spelling

As head of an investment company in Nicholls Hill, Oklahoma, Lew McGinnis draws on more than a half century of experience in the real estate investment sphere. Lew McGinnis has a strong community focus and, having been diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, works with underserved children in reinforcing reading abilities.

For young children, writing is an important part of gaining overall mastery of the alphabetic system. One classic study of preschoolers found that they used their knowledge of phonological relations to write words in invented ways that matched the sounds associated with the word. For example, “bk” could stand in for “bike.” Interestingly, the misspellings contribute to overall abilities in language, as the process of putting letters to sounds gets kids to actively consider letter-sound relations.

Classrooms that provide ample opportunities for children to express themselves through writing, without worrying too much about proper handwriting and spelling, engages them in a creative process that ultimately instills the real purpose of writing.

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