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Children’s Hilariously Inappropriate Spelling Mistakes

July 2, 2014

 

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My Whole Family

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Best Cook

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Math

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Virginia

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Horse

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My Goat Is In A Pen

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Tights

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Shirt

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Happy Birthday Kurt

 

Account

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Abraham Lincoln

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5 Great Spelling Apps for Tablets and Smartphones

August 24, 2013

 

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Courtesy of howtolearn.com:

  • Alpha Writer, by Montessorium

Alpha Writer is a stylish and effective Montessori-style app teaches kids letters and how they form words in four activities.  Kids can practice reading, writing, and spelling in the first two activities, create and read their own stories, and play the Alpha-Spy game (an interactive I-spy game).  This app teaches kids to:

✴ Read, write, and spell phonetically

✴ Pronunciation and composition of letters and words

✴ Fine motor skills

✴ Identification of letters as consonants or vowels

✴ Creativity as they write, create, and read their own stories

Users can also choose between three internationally acclaimed artists, Zeptonn, Mike Lowery and Marloes de Vries, for the graphics and illustrations.

  • C is for Cow by Forge

C is for Cow is a simple but effective app that is perfect for your youngest children.  This is the second of the 5 best spelling apps for smartphones and tablets and it teaches basic letter and word recognition, phonetics, and draws a connection to corresponding animals.  Choose from two modes: alphabetical  (which goes through animals in alphabetical order) or random (animals are tested in a random order, which helps kids exercise their knowledge).  Children are able to see and hear letters and words while enjoying the animal fun!

  • TeachMe: Kindergarten & TeachMe: 1st Grade by 24x7digital LL

The two TeachMe apps are sophisticated, award-winning apps that cover math, sight words, and spelling.  Each subject has five levels that children can advance through as they can handle the increased difficulties.  The interactive teacher, Mimi Mouse gives feedback and instructions to fully interact with kids and make learning fun.   Parents can even set the app to give out virtual rewards whenever children get a certain number of questions correct!  In addition, unique user accounts can be made for up to twenty different children.  Once children have mastered TeachMe: Kindergarten, they can advance to the next level of TeachMe: 1st Grade which is why this is one of the five best spelling apps for smartphones and tablets.

  • Montessori Crosswords by L’Escapadou

This award-winning app helps kids develop reading, writing, and spelling skills with activities that use phonics and graphics to create words.  Young children learn the fundamentals of writing and spelling while older children are challenged with complex crosswords in the three more difficult levels.  Customizable in many different ways, the app uses animations, interactive effects, and sounds to keep kids interested while a bank of over ten thousand words is available throughout the different levels.

  • The Electric Company Wordball! by PBS Kids

The Electric Company Wordball is certainly one of the 5 best spelling apps for smartphones and tables as well as an interactive phonics game that is based off of the popular PBS show, The Electric Company.  The app uses a series of educational videos that allow kids to interact as kids collect wordballs of letters.  In the second part of the game, kids use their previously collected wordballs to complete and create words for points.  The level of difficulty and need for dexterity makes this app better for kids who are at a higher level.  The Electric Company Wordball! is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and is completely free!

 

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The Call to Scrap Spelling Lessons Due to Smartphone Auto Correct Function

August 5, 2013

 

Perhaps we should stop teaching grammar because of computerised grammar corrections, or teaching languages because of Google Translate, or maths because of the calculator, or anything at all because of Wikipedia.

The proposal to cease teaching spelling in schools is absolutely ludicrous:

Spelling lessons should be scrapped because children can correct mistakes on their mobile phone or computer, a university professor has claimed.

Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, said that good grammar was necessary ‘maybe 100 years ago’ but ‘not right now’.

He said that traditional spelling classes are unnecessary when students have constant access to state-of-the-art technology.

Professor Mitra said that pupils should be encouraged not to rely on linguistic rules but to try and express themselves in new ways such as using mobile phone text messaging.

The professor spoke out as the Government introduces a drive aimed at improving educational standards that will see pupils tested on spelling 200 complex words by the end of primary school.

Alternative: Professor Mitra has said that youngsters should be encouraged to communicate in other ways such as via text messaging

A separate test in spelling, punctuation and grammar was introduced in England for 11-year-olds this year.

GCSE students have also been told that they will be docked marks in exams if they do not use accurate English.

Professor Mitra said in an interview with the Times that emphasising spelling and grammar in the classroom is: ‘a bit unnecessary because they are skills that were very essential maybe 100 years ago but they are not right now.

‘Firstly, my phone corrects my spelling so I don’t really need to think about it and, secondly, because I often skip grammar and write in a cryptic way.’

The professor won the $1million TED Prize to create ‘cloud schools’ where children learn from each other and retired experts.

Despite his claims, the National Association for the Teaching of English, defended teaching correct grammar in schools.

Joe Walsh said that electronic devices ‘cannot think for you’.

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Hilarious Spelling Mistake

June 8, 2013

The child tried to write “T is for Tights”

 

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Click on the link to read How Spelling Mistakes can Turn a Compliment into Something Quite Different.

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Respect For Authority is Alive After All

March 18, 2013

Isn’t is wonderful to see a child respecting authority? Most 12-year-olds would have created a stink if they spelled a word during a spelling bee correctly only to be told by a judge that it was incorrect. But this young girl showed dignity and respect by accepting the verdict of the judge:

Spelling savvy runs in Sierra Shoemaker’s family — the 12-year-old’s mom competed in spelling bees as a girl, according to Fox News. But Friday’s bee at Sierra’s California school district almost put the youngster out of the running this year, all due to a judging gaffe.

As KMPH reports, when Sierra spelled “braille,” she knew she had it right. The judges, however, claimed the word only had one “l” in it because that incorrect spelling appeared on their answer sheet at the Selma School District spelling bee.

Sierra said even the audience caught the error, but she knew better than to make a stink about it in competition, even if it meant elimination.

“I didn’t want to say anything, because… if the word master tells you [that] you got a word wrong, you don’t really argue with him,” Sierra told KMPH.

Fortunately, the school community got behind her. ABC News reports that an initial appeal on Sierra’s behalf was rejected by the county, but her school “appealed the appeal” and won.

Sierra will compete at the 2013 Fresno County Spelling Bee, which takes place March 21.

 

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Why Spelling is Important at Starbucks

February 26, 2013

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Too bad a paper cup doesn’t have a spell check option:

 

ursUrsula’s coffee order was made out to ‘Arsela’ by a hurried barista

manMolly must have ordered an awfully strong espresso to have her drink made out to ‘Manly’

ordriThey almost got Audrey’s name right, they just didn’t use the English language version

chadAt least they have two of the letters right from Chad’s name

messBess must not have looked her best that day

vagEven if the barista didn’t hear Virginia’s name they could have come up with something better

anusAnn-Louise deserves a much nicer nickname than the one Starbucks picked

The Ability to Spell is a Prerequisite for Getting a Tattoo (Photos)

February 12, 2013

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Whoops!

 

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Principal Trying to Educate Parents Against Using Slang

February 6, 2013

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A truly brave yet worthwhile initiative:

Parents have been sent letters from a school urging them to stop their children using phrases such as ‘it’s nowt’ and ‘gizit ere’.

Sacred Heart Primary School, a Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided school, warned against ‘problem’ phrases and criticised children using pronunciations, such as ‘free’ and ‘butta’ instead of ‘three’ and ‘butter’.

The letter spells out 11 ‘incorrect’ phrases. ‘I done that’ and ‘I seen that’ were blacklisted, and parents were reminded that ‘yous’ should not be permitted because ‘you is never a plural’.

Carol Walker, Sacred Heart’s headteacher, defended the letter, saying: ‘We would like to equip our children to go into the world of work and not be disadvantaged. 

‘We need the children to know there is a difference between dialect, accent and standard English.

‘The literacy framework asks children to write in standard English.

‘I am not asking the children to change their dialect or accent but I don’t want them to enter the world of work without knowing about standard English.’

Parents seemed broadly in favour of the language initiative, though they were taken aback to receive the letter.
Cheryl Fortune, 35, a school escort for Middlesbrough Council and parent at Sacred Heart, said: ‘When I saw it I was a bit shocked. I thought my kids are only eight and five, so it is a bit extreme.‘If I am honest though my eldest son said “yeah” last night and my youngest said “it’s yes”, so he corrected him. I can understand why the school has done it, to encourage people to speak properly.’

Carol Walker, the headteacher at Sacred Heart, who is focusing on her pupils’ competitiveness in the workplace

Another parent, engineer Chris Allinson, 31, hadn’t seen the letter but thought it was a good idea.

He said: ‘I try to correct my daughter Jasmine’s speech if she says things wrongly. I want her to get the best start in life.’

Sacred Heart is not the only school where accent is an issue.

Essex school children at the Cherry Tree Primary School in Basildon are being offered elocution lessons after teachers complained that the accent was affecting their grammar and spelling. 

Teachars Cant Spel

October 21, 2012

It seems like poor spelling doesn’t stop with the students:

TEACHERS are filling lessons, report cards and letters home with errors, including SMS-style spelling, grammatical mistakes and misspelt spelling lists, parents have claimed.

A survey of 480 people about the literacy skills of the nation’s teachers found half thought the quality was poor.

More than 40 per cent had noticed spelling or grammatical errors on letters sent home from school and 35 per cent had seen mistakes in report cards and marked assignments.

Other parents claimed their child’s teachers lacked passion and skill, taught incorrect information and provided misspelt word lists for children to learn from. Some had even noticed teachers using SMS-style spellings, like l8r (later) and coz (because).

The “must do better” grading comes as the federal government reveals current teachers will be given specialist training to make sure future educators get better mentoring.Current and ex-teachers who took the survey were among those who complained about substandard quality, saying it was depressing.

One teacher from a state high school said many graduate teachers lacked a basic understanding of grammar, spelling and punctuation through their own schooling.

“It’s those 20-somethings who just missed out and I’m scared that they’re going to be teaching my kids,” she said.

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Who Corrects Our Spelling Mistakes?

September 14, 2012

Um … I think that should read “public education“.

 

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