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Should I correct my 4yo, or leave her to be enthusiastic but wrong?

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Aranea Thu 24-Sep-09 16:55:10

4yo dd1 spends a lot of time at home writing long and complicated sentences. They are impenetrable to anyone else because her spelling is purely phonetic and very 'creative'! Also her letter formations are completely wrong.

I have been just leaving her to it as I don't want to spoil her pleasure in it, but will this make it harder for her in the long run? She is only in her 3rd week of Reception, and they haven't even started teaching them phonics yet.

CybilLiberty Thu 24-Sep-09 16:55:42

Leave her

dittany Thu 24-Sep-09 16:58:05

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Aranea Thu 24-Sep-09 17:01:16

grin you think, dittany? Can you tell this is my pfb?

katiestar Thu 24-Sep-09 17:06:52

leave her.The children are taught to write the sounds they can hear to begin with.

Hulababy Thu 24-Sep-09 17:07:57

I would leave her for now TBH.

My DD loves writing alsorts at that age and we left her to it, and encouraged her enthusiasm and creativity. It was never a problem and as she leearnt phonics and correct spellings at school her own writing naturally developed too.

seeker Thu 24-Sep-09 17:20:43

I still have a sheet from our wall planner where ds, aged just 4,wrote "Urse"'Btum""Wikl" and "UmiGd" - the 4 rudest words he knew!

nickschick Thu 24-Sep-09 17:25:05

seeker sooner those than 'nick is a bstad' written on your bathroom wall shockblush (ds2 about ds1)

potplant Thu 24-Sep-09 17:28:36

This is exactly how the teach writing at our school They write down the sounds they can here. ie garden might be spelt Gdn - cos that's the letters they can pick out.

Leave her to it and make the most of her enjoying writing!

southernbelle77 Fri 25-Sep-09 11:24:06

Leave her! They are taught to write phonetically in reception anyway. In dd's free writing book last year she had written...

'Mi mumee has a baibee in her tumee'. It was very cute!

TeeBee Fri 25-Sep-09 12:14:10

Another one for leave her, you can teach spelling whenever, creativity is lost so easily, especially if they get more concerned with getting their spelling correct. Let those creative juices flow!!

Toffeepopple Fri 25-Sep-09 13:41:07

Leave her.

sitdownpleasegeorge Fri 25-Sep-09 15:18:01

I think it is called "emergent" ??? writing or something like that and is a natural stage of progression in learning to write.

Definately no need to try and correct it.

Ds did that sort of thing in reception class in his actual school books and started copying the word signs they had labelling things in the classroom like door or mat or sink etc.

It's great that she is keen to write such long sentences.

mimsum Fri 25-Sep-09 16:46:35

dd did this in reception - as soon as you read it out loud it made perfect sense - she's now in y2 and her spelling's brilliant - she corrects ds2 who's in y5! It will come naturally - the important thing is she's enthusiastic about writing

primarymum Fri 25-Sep-09 17:06:28

Children generally begin to write by using the initial phoneme of a word as this is the first they hear, the next stage is to add the final phoneme and gradually they begin to add sounds into their writing that they hear. As you say, it makes perfect sense when you read it aloud! However she will gradually learn that there are "correct" ways of spelling the different sounds and she will begin to replace the incorrect version with the speller and , hey presto, she's a speller!
( well, a rather simplified version of the process, but you get the drift!)

Builde Fri 25-Sep-09 17:06:41

Leave her! Keep her enthusiasm...it will all develop into real words and sentences.

My dd spends her whole life writing. For the whole of reception she wrote backwards stories (she is left handed) but we never corrected her. It was just lovely watching her write.

She now generally writes in the right direction. (I actually find this a bit sad!)

JeminTheDungeon Fri 25-Sep-09 17:08:07

She is 4..let her be energetic and imaginative...it's not like she will still be writing like that when she is 12 is it? smile

juliemacc Sat 07-Nov-09 19:42:22

I agree, leave her to it and let her "read" her stories to you - wouldn't you prefer it that she was using her brain rather than sitting in front of Hannah Montana?

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