The Servant Spelling
To me, spelling is important. I once met a doctor that had terrible spelling. She couldn't spell Amoxicillin. It bothered me and made me automatically think she was less intelligent than she likely was. I know we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but that day I did.
In the "olden days" the mark of intelligence was nice hand writing and the ability to spell words. I remember hearing that at a lecture I attended and I've never forgot it!
Charlotte Mason called spelling a servant, that's what this chapter is about. I agree with the advice to be careful of how many times our children see a word misspelled. In the years that I have taught spelling, I have always covered up misspelled words as soon as I caught them. My older children corrected their own spelling books ( we make our own spelling journals) and I would read the correct spelling out loud. I told them, "if you catch an incorrect spelled word cross it out with your marker"I didn't want them to keep seeing that word in the incorrect form. I know for me, I can tell if something is misspelled. Can you? I will say, " that just doesn't look right". You,too ?
I have found, strong readers make strong spellers. I am always amazed how well my children can spell because of our reading requirement. The "pre-spelling" section in this chapter talks about copywork and writing out a few lines for her son to copy. I have also practiced this with my children. We have written countless letters to senior citizens. They love receiving letters! It is good for our children and the letter receiver.
Other parts I noticed in this chapter:
Spelling ability follows reading ability
Avoid feeling a slave to a system
Providing spelling lists
Keep lessons short and review on Friday
When giving a test, use words in a sentence ( yes, I do this!)
Learn to spell every word of a Bible memory verse.
What did you learn :) ?