I appreciate your experience, applejuice.
The point of the thread is not to thumb noses at correct spelling, but to laugh and enjoy this phase the kids are in, and find joy in some of the surprises that kids' lack of tunnel vision brings us.
For example, it may not occur to us that we Americans drift towards pronouncing "aren't you" ARNCHYOO. Kids' mispellings bring our attention sharply into focus in a fun way. Spelling words phonetically, such as "git" for "get" really highlights our regionalisms. As a lover of regionalisms, I find this kind of thing delightful.
At the same time, I know that it is a passing developmental phase, and have as much confidence that my girls will one day, not too far in the future, spell it "aren't you". I can cherish this phase as much as I cherished the days when my daughter Sylvia called herself "Feevee" and dd2 said "yunion" for onion, and when "Feevee" called the bear "big doggie", or at 2-3yo, constantly called herself "you" ("You running" for "I running"). I knew they were going to eventually correct themselves with continuous exposure to the right word.
I tend to have a slightly laissez faire attitude about spelling, in part because the history has been so damned arbitrary--literally some words had scholars arguing over a standard spelling when there was none ("rhythm", "aisle")-- and archaic phonetic spellings preserved ("knight") in print because the spelling was standardized before pronunciation (not "pronounciation", which would make more sense) shifted.
We can't even agree on standard-IZED spelling within the English speaking world. Or even in the same area-- is the color ("colour"?) "gray" or "grey"? Why did Americans drop the extra "l" in "traveled"? It confused me to no end to be told I was incorrect when throughout The Hobbit and LOTR it is spelled "travelled". And why does "recommend" have 2 "m's" anyhow, when recomend should suffice quite nicely?
I'm not about to stop caring. Even in the States, we have enough regionalisms to make perfect phonetic spelling impossible. I'm not about to "retern" the "bawl" I "bot". Ouch. But at the same time, I can't quite *completely* care about it. I do joke about it. My girls and I get a good laugh (not "laff") about why English is so freakin' difficult. I like to use that lightness and humor to ease the pressure of what is a monumental and contrary task of matching the correct spelling to the word, when it often doesn't even look like what we say.
["I like too yuze that liteness and hyoomer to eez thu presher uv wut iz a monnyoomentl and contrayree task of maching thu correct spelling too thu werd, win it offin duzznt eevin look like wut we say."-- Would that be how others might spell that phonetically?]
So we laugh, we joke. We don't think it's *not* important. But we dismiss the worry. Unfortunately for school kids, when something doesn't work, it can take years to correct methods, or if it works for *most* kids, other kids are left in the dust.
"She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in."
Last edited by SweetSilver; 08-02-2014 at 07:11 PM.