Spelling is directly related to reading. The more one reads articles,newspapers and books, the better the ability to spell words correctly becomes. As the mind traverses over print repeatedly, it absorbs the correct spelling of a word. Recall is very important, and with constant repetition of a word, the mind is able to remember just how a word should look.
Another way to improve spelling, is to write, using a dictionary. Those who use computers have the advantage of utilizing Spell Check. They can locate the word among the choices of words given. If there is no Spell Check feature, a common dictionary will serve as a handy reference to give clarity not only to the spelling, but the precise meaning of the desired word.
Word puzzles, crossword puzzles, games such as Scrabble, and other games that force one to spell words correctly are useful also. Many children find these challenging and fun. Adults, and even senior citizens are often seen with a word search book, drawing circles around or crossing out the given vocabulary words.
It was once thought that inventive spelling was a great idea, however, if overly used, it does not promote good spelling. Instead, children sound out the word, and write it the way it sounds. Some never get pass doing this, and later are caught in the web of being poor spellers. I remember distinctly a book celebration. For two weeks out of the summer, students had carefully worked to produce their own books, pictures and all on computers.
They were very proud of their final products, however the facilitators were told to allow the students to use inventive spelling, and this they did freely. Two supervisors who did not believe in that concept showed up to observe the final products. They became irate because the final products were not written using proper and correct spelling. It caused a bone of contention that could never be completely forgotten. Some want to do it right, and others just don’t see why the fusss.
One of the best ways to insure that spelling is correct, use a dictionary. Don’t second guess a word because the English language and any language is a creation which has emerged over the centuries. New words are added to the English language every day. New editions of dictionaries reflect those words and shades of meanings. It is also a good idea to purchase a fairly recent dictionary to keep up with the influx of words which are generated. And now with the popularity of Internet jargon, a dictionary almost becomes a necessity.
We must recognize the changing of the guards. As language undergoes its metamorphosis, so does our speech and usage of words. Transcending all of this, is the level of usage one chooses to employ in writing and speaking. For those who choose to broaden their written and spoken vocabulary, they, again, must be open to reading. Reading keeps you abreast, and reading helps the mind transfer new words and meanings into everyday speech flow.
Spelling words correctly represents a life long feat. Getting there is the main thing,no matter which road you use. It makes sense, then to find your best road for you, be it games, puzzles, reading, or writing. In the end, however, literacy demands that you pair up with good spelling skills. It is not a take it or leave it idea. Good spelling, in my opinion, is and shall ever be an essential must.