Friday, December 16, 2011

He Did What??

     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!
Have a great night!

16 comments:

  1. This gave me a good chuckle - thanks for sharing. To correct or not correct? Nah, let it go . . .

    Barbara

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  2. That made me smile! I think I would probably leave it and maybe attach a post-it note telling the parent that I'd be happy to change it if they wanted it changed. Do they know that you let them spell on their own (I am guessing yes)? ~Amanda

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  3. Maybe let the child do another corrected version...then send home both. As a parent, I would love seeing the funny one, but then could put the other one on the fridge.
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  4. I always send those home! I love them! I put a post it on it with a smile and then a parenthesis of what it should be!!! awesome!!

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  5. LOL!! THANKS for posting this story! This is definitely one for the record books.

    ReadWriteSing

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  6. Oh My.... I fell out of my chair laughing... I would have had to ask him ... where does daddy shop? If you have a good relationship with his parents, I would let it go and just add a post-it note with the correct spelling.

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  7. Use it as an opportunity to do interactive journals and write an authentic response back to him in front of him. Say "I love to eat salad. Do you like salad? " and as you are saying it, writing it down for him to see. Maybe he will write back to you, and you correctly modeled the spelling. So hilarious!

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  9. THAT'S AWESOME!!! Send home that version, and a corrected one. LOVE IT!

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  10. THis post made my morning!!
    So funny:)
    B.

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  11. Oh please send it home as-is. That would make for some excellent dinner conversation with Daddy and his Slut

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