However, reading and writing are distinctly different skills. If you observe your child writing, you will see that the child is literally writing the sounds he or she hears when saying a word. Inventive spelling is what you will see. Missing sounds in a word are to be expected and are not as important as ensuring the child's self-confidence.
The more a child writes, is read to, and reads, the more the skill of spelling will evolve. Building a word, one sound at a time, is essential preparation for reading. The Souns writing mat is designed for Souns letters and is excellent for classroom environments.