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    invented spelling
    By KW

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    In my opinion, it's ok for any grade to use invented spelling when writing first drafts--it's called sloppy copy for a reason. When they are overly concerned about spelling every word exactly right, it stifles their flow.

    However, you should insist that they fix the errors for their final drafts. If their spelling is that bad, they need direct, systematic instruction. Look at the errors they make--are there certain phonics skills/ letter patterns that they get wrong over and over again? Are they mispelling certain sight words? Do they know how to use dictionaries? Use their errors as a springboard for new lessons!

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