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November 20th, 2006, 09:26 PM
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OK, say I have Reilly write about how to cook a turkey.
Just give her the paper and have her go for it.
Should I correct her spelling when she's done? Or should I just leave it? I want for her to begin to just write things - stories, journal entries, jokes, I don't care what - but I find myself getting tied up in spelling! I don't know if it's better to help her as she goes along or to point out misspelled words after she's done or just to leave it be and assume that she will learn to spell in other ways...does that make sense? I think I'm stressing out about this too much. I'm going through one of my "OH MY GOSH, I'M FORGETTING TO TEACH HER SOMETHING IMPORTANT!!!!" phases.
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November 21st, 2006, 12:20 AM
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~*~*~*~ sends across calming vibes*~*~*~*~ That's a tricky one alright. I think it depends on how you think she will take the corrections. if I remember she didn't take it well. So then I wouldn't. I would just look over her writing when she isn't looking and jot down the misspelt words in a notebook. Then I would include those words in her spelling lesson. Any hard words she has spelt correctly I would praise her for. I think creative writing at this age is more about getting the thoughts down then perfection. If you do copy work at all, that I would expect that to be done more correctly as it's being copied.

P.S did you ever see the grammar and lap book question replies?
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November 21st, 2006, 08:23 AM
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It is hard not to get caught up in spelling mistakes.
My kids have journals that they write in..just free writing. When they write in them, I never correct the spelling. I really don't even correct the grammer in their journals. I just want it to be an outlet for writing...getting thoughts onto paper.
However, when I have them write paragraphs, or papers in Madison's case, I will correct grammer and have them re-write the final copies. When I do this, I will also correct obvious spelling mistakes. If it is something that they haven't learned in Spelling or at least learned a rule for, I won't correct it at that time.
I hope this helps.
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November 21st, 2006, 03:27 PM
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Well, we did "How to Cook a Turkey" this morning and it went really well. I told her when we started that she didn't need to stress out about her spelling being perfect and that I'd help her with any words that she needed help with. She really seemed to have fun with the exercise. She asked for lots of help with spelling, but was able to work with me to figure out the spelling and didn't just want me to spell things for her. It was really a great day!
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November 21st, 2006, 06:55 PM
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I'm glad it turned out well for you! I was going to suggest that maybe you get her a little pocket dictionary so she could get help on her own, or if you are big computer users let her use www.M-W.com so she could figure it out herself and not feel like you are correcting her but it sounds like it was fun!
Now, if you could just get her to cook the turkey for you!
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November 22nd, 2006, 05:50 PM
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Now, if you could just get her to cook the turkey for you! [/b]
We'd be waiting for a loooooong time! She said that you buy the turkey, put it in water, and boil it a 2 degrees!!
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November 22nd, 2006, 08:32 PM
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LOl theres a site online with childrens 'recipies' I will have to find it, it's a good laugh.
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