Cognitive skills such as working memory, attention, sequencing and processing speed underlie spelling and writing skills.
To spell, students need to be able to hear the sounds within words and match these sounds to the correct letters. To write organised, understandable text, students must not only have good oral language, but must also hold the concepts, vocabulary, and grammatical form of sentences and paragraphs in working memory. Research shows that students who struggle with spelling and writing lack these cognitive skills.
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Fast ForWord exercise examples
Ele-bot (from Fast ForWord Language for primary school)
Students build grammar, sentence structure and language comprehension skills as they determine which illustrations correctly match the spoken sentence.
Leaping Lizards (from Fast ForWord Reading 2)
Students improve punctuation, grammar and comprehension by selecting which word or symbol belongs in the blank space.
Chicken Dog (from Fast ForWord Reading 3)
After hearing a word, students must complete the written word by choosing the missing letters or letter combinations, building phonics and spelling skills.