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Would you correct your young child's (5-6 years old) spelling if they made a mistake on something that wasn't homework related (eg Christmas card, etc)
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[User Picture]From: just_3_euros
2012-12-20 09:35 pm (UTC)

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Yes.
[User Picture]From: xphilega
2012-12-20 09:36 pm (UTC)

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Only if I was sitting next to them when they did it. I would probably leave it as-is, and then talk to them about it afterwords, maybe with a new piece of paper, crayon, etc., and get them to sound it out. I'd send the card as-is though. Probably cuter. And if it was something that they wanted to do and were excited about and did on their own, and if I knew that he/she was a sensitive child who might take it personally? I'd leave it.

Not a big deal, in any case.
[User Picture]From: pirahan
2012-12-20 09:39 pm (UTC)

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If they wrote cunt instead of count, then yes. If they wrote kount, nah.
[User Picture]From: littlestlaura
2012-12-20 09:44 pm (UTC)

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This 100%
From: 234_am
2012-12-20 09:54 pm (UTC)

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Haha. This!
[User Picture]From: xtoolchickx
2012-12-20 11:06 pm (UTC)

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Good point.
[User Picture]From: saikaro_x
2012-12-20 09:39 pm (UTC)

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yeah, that's the time they are learning to read/write so it's important to teach them.
[User Picture]From: sicher
2012-12-20 09:44 pm (UTC)

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No.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-12-20 09:51 pm (UTC)

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Sure, reading and writing are a learning process. I wouldn't be a jerk about it.
[User Picture]From: kinkakinka
2012-12-20 09:59 pm (UTC)

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I would always encourage them to spell correctly as much as possible. It depends on a lot of factors though, if they just made that card by hand and spent a whole ton of time working on it, then no.
[User Picture]From: rainbow_vagina
2012-12-20 10:04 pm (UTC)

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Of course I would.

And maaayyybe it would put an end to the ''I'm not writing an essay/in school'' chavvy comments people sometimes get when they correct kids' spelling/grammar.
[User Picture]From: grrillaesthete
2012-12-20 10:06 pm (UTC)

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Of course, all moments are teachable ones. I wouldn't be mean, and wouldn't necessarily make them re-write the card, but you have to get that stuff young.
[User Picture]From: sarahonlife
2012-12-20 10:08 pm (UTC)

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Teach my child things?! The hell you say!
[User Picture]From: just_3_euros
2012-12-20 10:16 pm (UTC)

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didn't you know you had to?
[User Picture]From: kikkyo
2012-12-20 10:09 pm (UTC)

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I think personally it's your call. On the one hand, they're learning so it would be helpful to them if it was corrected, on the other hand though the mistakes that 5-6 year olds make on things like christmas cards are so adorable and precious.
[User Picture]From: urbanspacegirl9
2012-12-20 10:25 pm (UTC)

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Maybe not at the time, as if it was a hand-made Christmas card for me, I don't want the memories they have of it to be me telling them they've done something wrong, but I'd make a note to bring it up at an appropriate time.
[User Picture]From: sassi214
2012-12-20 10:31 pm (UTC)

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Yes I would and I do.
That's how they learn to spell things the correct way.

Both of my sons were/are hyperlexic so their spelling skills are ridiculous. I haven't had to do a lot of correcting to be honest. It's weird.
[User Picture]From: aimingforpeace
2012-12-20 10:38 pm (UTC)

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No, but I did have her practice on regular paper before she would sign the card.
[User Picture]From: mlledesade
2012-12-20 10:47 pm (UTC)

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Yes. Spelling and grammar is important.
[User Picture]From: whataspacecase
2012-12-21 03:16 am (UTC)

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ooooh i see what you did there
[User Picture]From: reckoningnight
2012-12-20 11:01 pm (UTC)

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yes. I wouldn't make them scrap the card and start over if it was already on there but I'd teach them the correct spelling/punctuation/whatever
[User Picture]From: heyfashion
2012-12-20 11:23 pm (UTC)

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yeah, this.
[User Picture]From: xtoolchickx
2012-12-20 11:07 pm (UTC)

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I would tell them, but wouldn't necessarily make them write the whole card again.
[User Picture]From: juniperbrze
2012-12-21 12:04 am (UTC)

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I have because I think it is important to keep consistency. My daughter would ask me how to spell something or ask me if it was right and then thank me for helping her :)
[User Picture]From: loveandbees
2012-12-21 12:10 am (UTC)

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Yes. They would be in the learning process and I think it would do them no harm to learn more.
[User Picture]From: followills
2012-12-21 12:31 am (UTC)

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No. Even if it was homework I would not.
As long as it seemed phonetically correct I would leave it.
Grape spelled grap at age 5/6? AWESOME JOB DUDE! YOU HAVE ALL THE SOUNDS IN IT!

I teach elementary, at that age they should be focused on phonics and sounds not spelling. They'll get too confused.
[User Picture]From: un_attra
2012-12-21 12:51 am (UTC)

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Well I'd most likely be sitting beside my child helping them spell out the card or whatnot, but I'd just gently guide her and wouldn't be harsh if she messed up a word. She's still learning and so mistakes are bound to happen.
[User Picture]From: shinygobonkers
2012-12-21 01:01 am (UTC)

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honestly would probably depend on personality of the child, especially if it was a card they gave to me or something. like if it wasn't major errors (in which case, time to set aside some time to help my kid learn to write better...), and i thought they might be sensitive about the correction i'd let it go. if i knew they wouldn't be bothered i'd probably say something.
[User Picture]From: goop
2012-12-21 01:48 am (UTC)

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my kid is 6 and most of the time she asks how to spell it or I'll offer, but if it's already done and she's excited about it and and it's legible anyway then I just leave it
[User Picture]From: cpb1220
2012-12-21 02:13 am (UTC)

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No misspellings are adorable and hilarious. When I was in kindergarten, I forgot how to spell "of" and spelled it "uv".
[User Picture]From: ice489
2012-12-21 02:32 am (UTC)

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Yes, definitely. The kid has to learn how to spell anyway.