Out of the mind of Chloe | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Friday, January 09, 2009

Out of the mind of Chloe

While driving in the car after dark.

Chloe: It's really rude to put Christmas lights on other people's houses, huh Mom.

Me: Yes, I suppose it would be. Have you seen someone do that?

Chloe: No, I just figured it out all by myself that it would be rude.

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While playing tennis by herself on the Wii.

Chloe: The strangers are winning, Mom!

Joel: (snickering) She calls them strangers.

Chloe: Well, we don't know their names, so they're strangers! And they're winning!

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While trying to write the word "candy," but having spelled it "canddy"

Chloe: Mom? Does this say candy?

Me: Yes, it does. Good job! (This is what her teacher is making us do right now...if it resembles the word pretty well, we can't tell them the right way. To increase confidence in writing or something...)

Chloe: Mom! Tell the truth, does it really?

Me: Yes, it really does.

Chloe: But I'm really worried about the 2 d's. I'm not sure if those are supposed to be two. It's really worrying me.

Me: Okay, you're right. There's only one d. (Yes, I caved. How can you not when your child is so worried about it? Of course, I probably made her writing confidence plummet.)

30 comments :

  1. If Chloe is to the point where she is really concerned about "correct" spelling, you can say something to the effect of, "I love how you sounded it out! I can tell that it says [_______]." Her teacher is doing what I do and ask my parents to do as well. Then if Chloe asks again, say, "The dictionary spelling only has 1 d, so you can fix it that way if you want to." (Obviously correcting it to match the word in question). I wouldn't do this too much though - only on words that she asked specifically about. She already knows that there is a difference, so you will actually be helping her by giving her the actual spelling on words she's concerned about.

    I love the "strangers" comment. So dang funny! (Still really jealous that you have a Wii! I have almost enough piano lesson/card making money saved up to buy ours!)

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  2. Funny girl! I love how they think things out.

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  3. Chloe is such a witty girl! :D I wouldn't worry about her. I love that she has "internal bells" that prompts her to question and ponder things. She'd be a great missionary someday! Go, Chloe!

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  4. No, you'll boost her confidence because now she KNOWS she has it right!

    Those are great quotes! I don't know if I like the lights comment or the strangers better. "The Strangers" sounds like some alien moniker out of a 20th century futuristic, War of the Worlds sort of show, doesn't it? Us against the strangers. "Soylent Green is PEOPLE!" (which wasn't alien at all, but that same sort of literature sprouting from paranoia.)

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  5. My son calls them "strangers" too! where do they get this from?

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  6. Ha! Your girl is a hoot!

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  7. I think I'd have a hard time not telling her the right way to spell it. Guess I'll have a little more time to get over that.

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  8. Those first two cracked me up. I love the things kids say, and for that I can't wait until my two little ones start spilling words from their mouths.

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  9. Classic....this is why I love children...their innocence teaches us lessons we would never know without them. So adorable!

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  10. Confidence is one thing, but a concerned child is another. Way cute.

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  11. I think that if she's smart enough to recognize that something is not quite right about the spelling, then she should be told. It's a sign of higher intelligence!! ;-P

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  12. I had that same problem last night with JJ. We're also just supposed to let him write what he hears, and he wanted to write "because". I slowly sounded it out while he wrote it. It doesn't sound out that well when trying to spell it. He was so frustrated because he kept saying, "I've seen this word in my class as a big sight word, and this is not it. This is too small!" All he could get was "bcuz". He was starting to get so mad and I didn't know what I should do. I told him he could check at school, and he was then ready to move on to the next word. They can really get serious about their writing, it's so sweet!

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  13. Adorableness. And I'm a fan of correcting wrong things. Does that make me weird?

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  14. You are following instinct! I think that is the important thing!

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  15. The strangers are winning. So cute. :)

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  16. haha, so cute! but I guess in the end it's good to help her a little with the spelling, especially that you see, she has the feeling of it... well done, Chloe!

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  17. I adore hearing about the funny things kids say.... it's almost all I write about on my own blog anymore.

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  18. oh I love hearing funny things kids say too :)

    LOL

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  19. So cute! And yes, you most likely did destroy her confidence in spelling(don't you hate when you start to worry about what other adults have told you) Now she is going to turn out like me! Just Kidding. That is way awesome that she spelled candy so good, actually!

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  20. What a sweet girl she is !

    I think you better have a reality check with that teacher...what's right is right and a child who values the truth ( good job, Mom & Dad ) needs to be told the truth...

    The teacher might really think that is O.k. to do, however, calling incorrect spelling O.K. is not O.K. LOL

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  21. I totallly thinnk you didd the right thing. Iff she is noticing it herselllf, the goal is acheevveedd. :)

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  22. I correct Kanoa in his writing, but do it in a positive way. But, I see the teacher's point of view. Hmmm...

    Chloe is such a sweet girl.

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  23. What darling little comments! Kids are so funny. Alas, as a teacher, I have to comment on the spelling... I think in order to teach kids how to spell correctly they need to be told if they have it wrong or not. How else are they supposed to learn? You can boost confidence by praising how close she was to getting it right. That's my 2 cents!

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  24. You didn't "cave". You did the right thing. Sure, they need confidence, but there's also basic "learning" to be done too. lol

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  25. I think Deb's response about the writing was a good one.

    I also think that if you read your child's writing and words are spelled wrong, some parents need to be told to keep their mouths shut!

    Not you, but some parents are going to correct every little mistake their child makes. I think THAT will blow a child's confidence.

    I don't see ANY logic in telling your child that a word is spelled correctly, WHEN THEY ASK YOU, and it's obviously NOT.

    So, I think you did the right thing by "coming clean" at the end of the conversation.

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  26. I'm all for encouraging children's confidence but I'd still have to correct the spelling (as positively as possible of course) but really, you can't tell her it's right when it's not.

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  27. I think in the long run it is more damaging to a child's confidence to be told an incorrect spelling is ok initially and then find out later that it is wrong. Whenever our kids spell something incorrectly we sit down with them and discuss it. We don't say "no that's wrong" or get negative about it, we ask them to look at it again and then help them correct it if they need the help. Correct learning the first time engenders more self-confidence than allowing them to think it is right even when it isn't. A fun tool that I use for my kids weekly spelling lessons is the website spellingcity.com It's completely free, you register and then can input your child's weekly spelling list and it create's games that they can play to make learning the words fun.

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