Some of you who've been reading and writing ktm from the beginning may remember Chris's "psychotic" spelling as a 4th grader.
Well, great news: Chris can spell. I suspect he's still not spelling as well as I probably did at his age, but his spelling is completely 'within the realm,' if you know what I mean, and you probably do.
I've been thinking lately about the issue of how much you can learn about writing (and spelling) just from reading, and I think the answer is that you can learn a great deal ultimately. I say that with the caveat that school reading needs to be guided by a teacher and needs to be systematically increased in difficulty.
Those conditions have been true for Chris, who has taken all Honors and AP courses in high school, and who says he's done all the reading in his classes. The reading load in Honors/AP courses is pretty hefty, the books are quite difficult, and a teacher leads the way.
We worked our way through Megawords Grade 6, which helped tremendously, and Chris's high school reading and writing took him the rest of the way.
His handwriting still stinks, however, although it's better than it was. (Takes me back to our summer adventures with Write Now. Chris's handwriting didn't improve, but mine did.)
the Megawords posts at ktm, the sequel
from the "blooki" index:
- Megawords & sounding out by syllables & spelling research
- The Saxon Math Of Spelling
- Being Your Child's Frontal Lobes
- Great Moments In World History
- Summer Supplement Time
- Summer Supplement Time Part 2
- How To Spell
- How To Spell Part 2
- Liveblogging The Spelling Bee
- teaching spelling through morpheme and book recommendations
- spell check
- bad spelling on job applications