What would you do about teacher's errors in homework?

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My DD is in reception and gets a small amount of homework. This week it's all about Goldilocks and the three bears. Only it's not - it's Goldilock's and the three bears. And it's in three places throughout the homework. Should I raise this with the teacher or should I let it go? I don't think my DD has noticed, to be honest but I am slightly concerned. What would you do? (Short of circling it all with a big red pen!)

BabiesAreLikeBuses Sun 19-May-13 23:22:08

Please don't give Gove any more ammo he already wants to hunt us down! I agree one mistake should be let go, however much your red pen is twitching. You don't know who wrote the sheet and i'm guessing they were focusing on content. That said my dd in reception used an apostrophe in her homework today. She wrote 'i did it 6 time's'..... And i did apply the rubber....

OldBeanbagz Mon 20-May-13 08:52:53

I send my DH in to see the teacher. They're getting used to him pointing out their mistakes now grin

DeWe Mon 20-May-13 11:59:38

My dd1 would have corrected it herself in reception, so I don't think saying reception don't know is necessarily correct.
Dh is very much a pedant and always comments on punctuation, particularly errant aposrophes, and dd1 is the same.

Pyrrah Mon 20-May-13 12:49:07

Tippex the first time, red pen the second.

But I'm a grammar and spelling pedant.

'Compared with', 'similar to' and 'different from' are my personal bugbears - even BBC Newsreaders mess those up. However I would let those go on homework.

Apostrophes... no way! They are absolute basics and given how often I hear 'but my teacher says it's xyz' from DD, I would step in straight away.

Pyrrah - "compare with" and "compare to" mean different things, is that what you're referring to?

OP, the Tipp-Ex would be tempting, yes. I couldn't help responding when DS1's teacher taught the class "wa- is always pronounced woh-" because, erm, it isn't. I don't mind "usually" or "almost always". We had a little correspondence in the reading log about that grin

Ferguson Mon 20-May-13 19:31:11

More on spelling etc :

Even in secondary classes I have found it almost impossible to convince some kids that not EVERY final 's' in words need an apostrophe; I think they find it 'cool' to sprinkle them around!

But - I'm now mildly ashamed to say - I was well into my twenties before my MOTHER persuaded me there should not be 'e' at the end of 'fruite salade'!

Children accept what they THINK they hear : during WWII my Nan's milkman delivered 'Grey Day' milk. I was probably forty before I realised it was actually 'Grade A'.

Pyrrah - almost worse, I think, is the number of times one hears 'quite unique'; 'very unique'; 'almost unique'.

Blissx Mon 20-May-13 20:24:13

My DD's primary teacher wrote the wrong name on her feedback. Mistakes happen. However, there is no harm in circling the offending apostrophes on the work and as a teacher, I wouldn't be offended by that and would want it highlighted in case I use the worksheet again.

SandStorm Mon 20-May-13 20:35:14

Why does it need to be circled in red ink? Yes, it needs to be brought up but why can't you just mention it 'in passing'?

Pyrrah Tue 21-May-13 09:20:59

Very unique is dire I agree!

Horry - while lots of people use 'compared to' correctly, it's almost by default as they rarely use 'compared with'.

My DD once wrote favourite and had it crossed out in red pen and replaced with favorit shock

Zigster Tue 21-May-13 10:13:16

At a recent parents' evening for my DS (Yr 1), we were looking through his maths work with his teacher.

I couldn't understand why one question had a cross next to it so asked his teacher (who is great, by the way). His teacher started to explain, then faltered part-way through and shamefacedly admitted that DS had got it right.

We all make mistakes - when I draft a report at work I occasionally find on review that there are apostrophes in the wrong place or I've written "there" rather than "their". I think it is better to correct it for your DD's sake - no need to make a fuss with the teacher, perhaps just flag it with your child "Oh look, Mrs X has put an apostrophe there where there shouldn't be one."

It's a reception teacher after all - they're there to help kids enjoy learning and get to grips with the very basics.. An ex of mine was a reception teacher and once asked me if 100,000 was the same as 1,000,000!

Ferguson Tue 21-May-13 20:20:37

PTT - was it an American teacher? Or just using an American spell checker? My spell checker just 'red-lined' favourite!

It's rather disconcerting when I think I've spelt correctly (and it's just red-lined 'spelt') and I have to load an on-line dictionary to double check.

Long term, maybe 'Americanisms' will just become accepted.

[And if anyone knows how to get a Linux computer to use a PROPER English spell checker I'd be interested to hear.]

Americans don't spell if favorit either smile

it, not if!

mrsmortis Wed 22-May-13 11:13:50

Small mistakes, typos, autocorrect issues often slip past me when I'm writing things for work so I don't think I can expect my DD's teacher to be a superhuman and never make a mistake. However, while I don't think I'd worry too much about the occasional issue with homework my DD brought home, I do think you need to think about how long those worksheets are going to be used for. Therefore, I'd point out the mistake to the teacher but the conversation would be along the lines of:

'Did you realise that there was mistake here? I thought I'd better point it out to you so it can be corrected for next year.'

AvonCallingBarksdale Wed 22-May-13 18:51:46

I would always correct mistakes and have done in the past! I'm not too bothered about being seen as "one of those parents! smile

MadameSin Wed 22-May-13 18:58:17

I put a red line under my son's year 2 teacher's comments in his reading log once ... 'where' was spelt as 'were' and 'there' was written as 'they're' ... she pulled me aside to explain she was mildly dyslexic blush Hope for my ds yet then grin

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