We're using new curriculum at school to teach reading. I find it to be remarkably cool mainly because it teaches children how to figure out for themselves how to spell because we teach them the rules of the English language. Things I never learned in all my education classes.
While I have a remarkably gifted child who is currently completing Junior/Senior English as an 8th grader, he cannot spell for the life of him, so I've been teaching him the new curriculum as we go to help him become a better speller and to understand the way our written language was developed.
Tonight, putting before him the word 'crinkle', I asked him why the 'c' said /k/ and not /s/ in this word.
My gifted child's answer?
"Um, because 'srinkle' just don't sound right?"