One of my favorite things about teaching kindergarten is reading the inventive spellings that the kids come up with. One thing I've noticed over the past couple of years is the replacement of "we" with the now popular "wii." Thanks a lot for that, Nintendo! Well, this week I came across a sentence that should earn a spot in the Inventive Spelling Hall of Fame.
One of our technology curriculum goals is to "Use a computer to draw illustrations to convey meaning." So one of my kiddos (we'll call him Fred) has been working on a digital story about going out to eat with his family. Each page describes what a member of his family ordered for dinner. I bought spaghetti. Mom bought chicken and broccoli. You get the idea... Well I was already chuckling after reading the page where Fred wrote that his sister bought a booger (burger) when I got to Dad's page and did a complete double take! He did what?? Fortunately, on second glance, I could see that the object on the table is clearly a S-A-L-A-D so I immediately knew what Fred was really trying to spell. Otherwise I would have been wondering exactly where Fred and his family went for dinner! Too funny!!!
Now here's my dilemma... I don't usually correct the kids' spellings because I want them to feel totally successful as writers. Take a look at his work and tell me what you think. Should I break my rule on this one and help him change it or should I send it home as is? I would love some advice!