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My 4.5 year old dd is very into writing her letters and spelling words lately. She is doing a fantastic job and I love watching her learn and sound words out. Obviously she's not spelling every word correctly. Do I correct her or should I just let her do it her way for now? I feel a little caught off guard by her advancing skills here!


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I've always worked on the belief that I should start correcting spelling when my kids ask for spelling corrections, and not before. So far it's served me well as an approach. My kids are all excellent spellers. Well, not my 4yo, who yesterday wrote "Helo Ezrebude." ("Hello Everybody.")
But she'll get there.

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Originally Posted by moominmamma View Post
Well, not my 4yo, who yesterday wrote "Helo Ezrebude." ("Hello Everybody.")
But she'll get there.

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That's so cute. I do actually enjoy some of her misspellings. The very best was the card she made for me that said, "you r mi favit mom" (you are my favorite mom) with a little heart drawn underneath that said "lav (love) kylie"
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I wouldn't correct her unless she asks. If she starts to to see writing as a task that can be right or wrong, it probably won't be fun for her anymore and she'll stop doing it.

My five year old is a perfectionist who won't write anything without asking me first, but my 12 year old (who is learning English) just plows ahead and comes up with the most delightful spellings!

Namaste!
 

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I tend to leave4 my 5 year old's spelling alone, but i DO ENCOURAGE HER TO PRONOUNCE WORDS CORRECTLY SO SHE CAN TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY ARE SPELLED. HER MISTAKES TEND TO BE PHONETIC SPELLING EXCEPTIONS oops..caps lock


anyway, I only correct ehr if it is on our spelling list or if she asks. Once she has learned all teh spelling rules, and what not, then I will correct her spelling. I plan to do it the same way I did my older children. Misspelled words go on her spelling list
 

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Thank you all for your insight.


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I wouldn't correct her unless she asks. If she starts to to see writing as a task that can be right or wrong, it probably won't be fun for her anymore and she'll stop doing it.

My five year old is a perfectionist who won't write anything without asking me first, but my 12 year old (who is learning English) just plows ahead and comes up with the most delightful spellings!

Namaste!
Just last night I had a flash of "I can't do to my girls what my mom did to me" regarding their efforts, in whatever task they're doing. I always had a feeling (and still do sometimes) that no matter what I did, it was never good enough for my mom. I certainly don't want to pass that on to my kids. So I'll wait for a more appropriate time to work on spelling.

OT - dharmamama, I've been reading your homeschooling blog and I must say you've been an inspiration for me. I love reading about your kids' adventures.
 
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