The improtnace of slef-edintig … and the power of the human mind

by | Jun 10, 2008 | Teaching Homeschool Writing

Teach your kids the importance of self-editing. Encourage them to take their time and not rush the process. They will be more apt to catch their mistakes.

The Phomnnaeil Pwoer of the Hmuan Mnid

Aoccdrnig to rscheaerch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are. The olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Pttrey azmanig, ins’t it?

Tihs is why WirteSohp bevelies so stonrgly in teh slef-edintig prcoses! We encrougae sutednts to raed thier ruogh drfats oevr and oevr aigan to mkae srue tehy dno’t msis ayninthg.

Hepfull Hntis

  • It rlleay hleps if wrtiers raed thier pragrapahs bckaarwd bcaseue, wehn tehy do, they are froecd to raed evrey sgnile wrod. It’s eisaer to fnid “to be” wrdos, rpeaeted wodrs, and eevn sellping eorrrs.
  • Anthoer vabulale tool is raednig aluod wrod for wrod. Aigan, it hleps sutdntes ctach mroe erorrs wehn they hvae to raed each wrod invidlliduay.

The iompartnt thnig is tihs: Encuorgae yuor chldiern to tkae thier tmie and not rsuh thougrh thier edintig. Tehy wlil see a dffirecene!

Photo: Peter López, courtesy of Creative Commons.


  1. Kim

    Ins’t tihs a fun isulltraotin? I was azmaed at how qkucily I culod raed the sacrmebld wrdos!

  2. Nancy I. Sanders

    Ha, ha, ha, Kim! I ws tmpted to scramble the anti-spm word eye had to tipe to post this comnt, but decidd to jst post a comnt instead. What a grat way to teach this concpt!


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