words but they are not required to learn how to spell the words. Isn’t that
crap?! They are however supposed to be able to explain the definition of the words. I think this is strange and unusual.
I believe the shift is occurring because most kids today have electronic devices that correct or tell them how to spell things. I just feel like something is missing, that we must memorize things in order to get our brains functioning properly. After all that’s how it was done when we were in school and look how well we all turned out!
How are you ever going to get a 1st grader to read properly if they can’t spell and how can you expect a fifth grader to write a good essay if they can’t spell? Spellcheck can help you with misspelled words but it can’t help you with word identification like pair/pare or their/there.
Take this paper for example. On a weekly basis Will has to take his weekly word list and cut the words or letters out of magazines or newspapers and glue them to a piece of paper. It looks to me like a
ransom note or something a serial killer would send. How can this possibly help a child learn to spell?
I’m not going to just sit back and watch as these primary educational wonders simply slip away, hell to the no. My kids will have Mom generated weekly spelling tests and when the time comes I will teach Will cursive. The kids are not impressed or happy about this but I think it’s important. And hopefully in a few years when they bring back spelling because test scores are so bad, my kids will be at the top of the class.
And if not, they will know how to make one hell of a ransom note!