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    By maryteach

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    Words Their Way is terribly labor-intensive to set up, but once it's set up, it's easy. Don't try to do the games your first year. Just set up the sorts.

    It's tempting, and easy, to just do the study a list, take a test method, but research has told us for years and years now that this is highly ineffective spelling instruction--yet it remains by far the most common way spelling is taught.

    You should also remember that spelling is developmental, as well as only quasi-academic. It should not take a large chunk of your day at all. Remember that kids learn to read by reading and they learn to write by writing--and that spelling instruction makes better SPELLERS--not better readers or writers. Keep spelling in its proper perspective.

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