A friend of mine posted this to facebook yesterday and I loved it so much I wanted to share it here……..
Isn’t my daughter just precious as she stands proudly in front of her writing piece that she must have copied letter for letter, word for word? Is her own writing not good enough? Please do not give my child writing prompts that she must copy. Instead, teach her to value her own original ideas by letting her write what she wants to write. Teach her that in kindergarten she can sound out words and write sentences independently and that invented spelling is awesome and a normal part of child development.
Oddly enough her grandparents have never taken her fishing, but they are amazing people that my girls are blessed to have. My girls are also blessed to have such tremendous teachers that I hope will understand that just as she learned to crawl before she walked and babbled before she spoke, she must write without spaces and invent her spelling before she becomes a published author. Let her grow.