Donald R. Bear

Educator. Author. Researcher.

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All about Donald Bear

  • Director of E.L. Cord Foundation Centre for Learning & Literacy in the College of Education at the University of Nevada
  • Taught pre-school, 3rd and 4th grade
  • Worked with children who experience difficulties learning to read and write
  • Recent research includes the study of literacy development in different languages and the influence of 1st language and literacy knowledge in learning to read in another language
  • Author on several instructional programs used throughout the U.S.
  • Received several awards for teaching and service
  • Board member of the International Reading Association
  • Written many books - see some of those below

The 5 Stages of Spelling Development

  1. Emergent Spelling - How to make letters
  2. Letter Name-Alphabetic Spelling - Consonant/short vowel sounds
  3. Within-Word Pattern Spelling - More complex consonant patterns
  4. Syllables & Affixes Spelling - Syllabication and homophones
  5. Derivational Relations Spelling - Consonant/vowel alternation, Greek/Latin affixes