>A Change of Practice

>Recently, when Asa and I began emailing, I chose to write phonetically. I wondered about that decision and it has given me pause enough to consider the source for the best answer – the child. As young children imprint so quickly, and they count on us to tell them the truth – even if incrementally, I decided against that practice. I will write with the symbols he knows (lower case letters), but I will not spell the words incorrectly. Even if Asa needs help decoding what I write, the point is for him to see correctly spelled words. Correct spelling will evolve as he continues to explore writing phonetically (never being corrected, of course). Henceforth, you will see me struggling to stay simple as I try to keep up with this child’s eagerness to communicate. What a journey for both of us!

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