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THE BLAISDELL SPELLER
ETTA AUSTIN BLAISDELL )
MARY FRANCES BLAISDELL
AUTHORS OF "THE CHILD LIFE READERS"
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., Ltd.
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It is an established fact that this is a generation of poor spellers. With the passing of the old-fashioned spelling matches and the introduction of many new subjects into the school curriculum, interest in spelling was, for a time, abated. This interest has recently awakened, but the spelling has not improved proportionately.
In ever}' subject which is taught in the schools it is power as well as knowledge which is the aim. Why should not this be true of spelling, and, if it is, how may the power be developed? By training the eye to see and the ear to hear, so that the mind may know the component parts of a word. The eye should see at a glance the letters in a written word, and the mind should note them in correct order. The ear should hear each sound and syllable in a spoken word, and the mind should record them and compare them with known sounds and syllables.
The eye training and ear training lessons in this book have been carefully prepared and successfully used in the schools. Pupils trained in this way can spell not only words given in the speller, but also, without study, words selected at random from their reading, geography, and history lessons.
While this power is being developed it should be constantly exercised. For this reason words have been selected from those used by the pupils in conversation