How do children learn to read and write words? In a rich and balanced program, teachers provide many learning opportunities for all children to gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to look at how words work.
Children need to hear written language so they can learn its structure and take in new information and ideas.
Children need to become aware of the sounds of language, to enjoy those sounds, and to use the knowledge as a tool.
Children need to have many experiences working with written symbols and to explore words and learn how they work.
The spelling links represent a wide range of knowledge, abilities and strategies for children to become effective word solvers and provides suggestions for professional development for teachers.