November 19 12

My kid, man.

She’s the most interesting kid right now. She can’t spell to save her life, and this makes second grade homework time extra long for the two of us. Every week she has to read a leveled book and then do an activity regarding said book. Every once in a while, it’s a retelling of the book. Do you have any idea how long it takes to write a retelling of the story of Puss in Boots when you are seven and can’t spell? Hint: It takes a long time. Too long, in fact.

What she lacks in the good-spelling gene (it’s a thing, I swear. Ask my mom—she sings my spelling bee praises for miles, in a very Claire Dunphy sort of way.), however, she makes up for in just about every other way, especially in creativity.

Take, for example, exhibit A: “My fall from the monkey bars, a re-enactment.”

Isabella falls from the monkey bars

Take, for example, exhibit B: The Sea, a project without an assignment.

My child likes to RESEARCH, just for fun.

She researched fish—all on her very own. And then she wrote a report (poorly spelled, of course—I am fairly certain that nozi’s is supposed to say NOSES.) and then drew an entire under-the-sea adventure. This is what she does on weekend mornings when she wakes up before anyone else. She sits on the floor in my room, surrounded by a mountain of markers, crayons, papers, and glue sticks, and just goes to town, happily. She has finished The Sea and is now hard at work on her next unassigned project—the desert (You should see…she draws a super-mean vulture.)

I suppose this means I probably don’t really need to worry about her spelling.

I mean, that’s what spell check was invented for, right?

  1. I have a six-year-old JUST LIKE THIS! She creates the most well-thought out and elaborate pictures and is fearless with the storytelling. She can’t spell well and writes everything phonetically, but she still inspires. She writes because she HAS to tell the story. It’s inside of her and needs to come out. I love that. I may be the one helping her with spelling, but she’s the one doing all the teaching.


    ali replied on

    Love this: I may be the one helping her with spelling, but she’s the one doing all the teaching.



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    Comment by Louise on November 19, 2012
  2. Ali, I shall post a picture of my older son’s literacy notebook which he has titled “Litericy” – I kid you not.


    Comment by Sharon on November 19, 2012
  3. That is awesome! Skyler is 7 and can’t spell either, but I think that’s because they aren’t really supposed to be writing books like Isabella.


    Comment by Kristabella on November 19, 2012
  4. I love the looks on the girls’ faces in her monkey bars picture. So cute.

    This reminds me of an email I got from a parent last week, asking me to please “advize” him on how to help his son raise his grade. Oh my.


    Comment by Alison on November 19, 2012
  5. I used to love researching just for fun and have a few gr. 3s who do this instead of just reading.
    Love the phonetic spelling, I wouldn’t be worried yet. The apostrophes made me smile…I love the attempt. I know many students who cannot write plural words for the life of them – apparently it is very confusing to them. :S


    Comment by Amanda on November 19, 2012
  6. “But did you know …” (that fish eyes are on the side of their head) .. I love those words, like she’s talking to her audience! Hey .. her spelling isn’t that bad, I understood LOL!
    Her drawings are wonderful!


    Comment by Sarah on November 20, 2012

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