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ERIC Number: ED055070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 4
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Spelling: A Visual Skill. A Discussion of Visual Imagery and the Manipulation of Visual Symbols as Basic Skills in the Ability to Spell.
Hendrickson, Homer
The basic problem in learning the English language is that it is a visual, not phonetic, language. Because they have not learned many of the basic visual abilities, many children do not have an adequate skill of visualization. The sequence of visual development includes: general movement patterns of action, special movement patterns of action, eye movement patterns to reduce action, communication patterns to replace action, and visualization patterns to substitute for action. Visual memory for spelling can be enhanced by having a child practice the following steps: repeatedly trace over a word on a chalkboard, saying the name of each letter as traced. As the child learns to visualize, he learns to observe; and recognizing a misspelled word becomes a process of matching the word visualized. (CK)
Academic Therapy Publications, 1539 Fourth Street, San Rafael, California 94901, Reprint No. 136 ($0.35 per copy, $20.00 for 100)
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Note: Reprinted from Academic Therapy Quarterly, III,1 (Fall 1967)