Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Phonetic spelling--Study and teaching (Kindergarten); English language--Orthography and spelling--Study and teaching (Kindergarten); Spelling reform;
This review examined the purpose of invented spelling in kindergarten, and what invented spelling can tell us about a child's development of letter/sound knowledge, phonemic awareness skills, concepts of print, and language skills. Additional examination of literature on invented spelling in a comprehensive literacy program focused on the connection between reading and writing. Several studies included comparisons of writing instructional methods. Invented spelling has value as an assessment tool for various literacy skills. Criticisms and controversies were reviewed, as well as recommendations for the use of invented spelling to optimize its value in the kindergarten curriculum. Findings of the review suggest that invented spelling is indeed a valuable component to the kindergarten classroom.
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Jill M. Uhlenberg
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©2012 Michelle J. McDonald
McDonald, Michelle J., "Invented spelling and its value in kindergarten" (2012). Graduate Research Papers. 202.