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Think about spelling – the beautiful princess

Think about spelling

Do not simply try to remember spelling

 

  1. Which are the most common words?

36 irregularly-spelled words make up 12% of almost every text. Which appear here?

Once upon   a   time,   the   beautiful   daughter   of   a great   magician wanted   more pearls to put   among   her treasures. “Look through the centre of the moon when it is blue,” said her mother in answer to her question. “You   might   find   your heart’s desire.” The princess laughed, because she   doubted these words. Instead, she used her imagination, and moved into the photography business, and took pictures of the moon in colour. “I perceive most certainly that it is almost wholly white,” she thought. She also found that she could make enough money in eight months to buy herself two lovely huge new jewels too.

 

Answer: 27 very common words are here: 14 words in bold print are difficult to spell.

Once   a     the   of   a   more to put   her   through   when it is said in you       your because she I most   that   could make   in   two too.

 

  1. Which letters are not needed in words?

 

Once upon   a   time,   the   beautiful   daughter   of   a great   magician   wanted   more pearls to put   among   her treasures. “Look through the centre of the moon when it is blue,” said her mother in answer to her question. “You   might   find   your heart’s desire.” The princess laughed, because she   doubted these words. Instead, she used her imagination, and moved into the photography business, and took pictures of the moon in colour. “I perceive most certainly that it is almost wholly white,” she thought. She also found that she could make enough money in eight months to buy herself two lovely huge new jewels too.

 

beautiful   daughter more pearls treasures through centre when answer you   might your heart’s laughed because doubted instead business colour perceive   certainly wholly white thought could buy two lovely

But this is hard to do without 3. Which letters are misleading in words?

 

 

  1. Which letters are misleading in words?

 

Once upon   a   time,   the   beautiful   daughter   of   a great   magician   wanted   more pearls to put   among   her treasures. “Look through the centre of the moon when it is blue,” said her mother in answer to her question. “You   might   find   your heart’s desire.” The princess laughed, because she   doubted these words. Instead, she used her imagination, and moved into the photography business, and took pictures of the moon in colour. “I perceive most certainly that it is almost wholly white,” she thought. She also found that she could make enough money in eight months to buy herself two lovely huge new jewels too.

 

Once     beautiful   daughter   of     great       wanted   more pearls to put   among   treasures. “Look through     centre of     when   is blue,” said   mother ianswer to you   might  your heart’s desire laughed, because   doubted these words. Instead used   moved into   business took of colour I perceive certainly     is     wholly white thought could   enough money I   eight months to buy two lovely new.

 

  1. Which letters are missing from words?

 

Once upon   a   time,   the   beautiful   daughter   of   a great   magician   wanted   more pearls to put   among   her treasures. “Look through the centre of the moon when it is blue,” said her mother in answer to her question. “You   might   find   your heart’s desire.” The princess laughed, because she   doubted these words. Instead, she used her imagination, and moved into the photography business, and took pictures of the moon in colour. “I perceive most certainly that it is almost wholly white,” she thought. She also found that she could make enough money in eight months to buy herself two lovely huge new jewels too.

put       might   find         used   imagination moved   most   almost       also       huge

 

  1. How would you spell this story?

 

Once upon   a   time,   the   beautiful   daughter   of   a great   magician   wanted   more pearls to put   among   her treasures. “Look through the centre of the moon when it is blue,” said her mother in answer to her question. “You   might   find   your heart’s desire.” The princess laughed, because she   doubted these words. Instead, she used her imagination, and moved into the photography business, and took pictures of the moon in colour. “I perceive most certainly that it is almost wholly white,” she thought. She also found that she could make enough money in eight months to buy herself two lovely huge new jewels too.

__________

 

  1. Is this spelling easier to read? Could you make it easier?

 

Ons upon   a   time,   th   butiful   dautr   of   a grat   magician   wonted   mor perls tu puut   amung   her tresurs. “Luuk thru the centr of the moon wen it is blu,” sed her mothr in ansr to her questn. “u   mit   find   yur hert’s dezir. Th prinsess lafd, becos she   douted thez werds. Insted, she usd her imajinatn, and muvd into th fotografy biznes, and tuuk picturs of th moon in culr.”I percev most sertnly that it is almost holy wite,” she thaut. She also found that she cud mak enuf muny in ait munths tu by herself 2 luvly huj nu juwels too.

 

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Inside Children’s Minds

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INSIDE CHILDREN’S MINDS, edited by Valerie Yule, Queensland: Bookpal. 2014.    Illustrated with children’s drawings, 470  pages,

Children’s stories told about their drawings.  The children tell  how they see  the world, the effects of physical and mental disorders, delinquency, rejection and despair, their imagination about war in fantasy and experienced in reality, and their re-telling of fairy stories and their common symbols.

It is a selection with their drawings from thousands of stories told to me by children, when I was a clinical child psychologist and schools psychologist, and took their stories down in shorthand. It includes research on children’s language.

Are there differences between girls’ and boys’ imagination according to their social condition?  What leads delinquents to their antisocial ends?  Why do later adults act against their own interests? What different pictures of the world do children bring to adulthood?  What insights are there to Theodore Dalrymple’s Life at the Bottom?

The stories in this book show the world as children see it, and how they can imagine things they cannot see – a world of work and play, fairy-tales and space adventures, success and failure, war and ways of living.  The differences between the stories told by fortunate children and those who are disadvantaged reveal the impact on the imagination of a child of stresses, in economic circumstances, war, family breakdown, physical and mental disabilities, and learning difficulties.  As adults try to meet children’s physical needs and cope with their behavior, they may see only the outward life and actions of a ‘problem child’, missing the vivid imaginative life that can hold the key to the child’s future.

The life themes a child develops may be expressed in their stories through symbols such as fire, snow, sinking ships and repetition of disaster. Many stories seem to foreshadow their teller’s adult prospects, and a child of six may already be preparing to hope or give up.

While violence and suffering continue amid Western affluence, we must listen to children, because so many already seem destined to be the villains and victims of the next generation.

Psychiatrist Russell Gardner observes, ‘We use stories about ourselves to guide our every action’

“These stories not only give the reader much delight but also a rare and special insight into how children think.”  Dr Dorothy Rowe.

“Your spirited treasury is full of delights and wisdom, as I’d expect,” Marina Warner.

“I’m immensely impressed by the range and detail of the material. This must surely be a work of value to educators and psychologists .” Dr June Factor.

 The book is the fruit of 40 years of research during the author’s work as a clinical child psychologist, schools psychologist and academic, in Australia, Scotland, England and Belfast.

This book is for the general public, psychologists, educators, and literary specialists.

$31.95.and special price at amazon over the holidays.

ISBN 13: 9781742844299 ISBN 10: 1742844294. Available from Bookpal, online booksellers and Australian bookshops like READINGS, Carlton

 

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