Sownd it owt!

I teech Kindergardn. So a lot ov my day iz spent sayng “sownd it owt and rite wat yoo heer.” I tel my kinders oftn that the English langwej is weerd. Y els doz *do* not rime with *so*? and wen yoo ar sownding owt WHO, it sowns like wuh-oh. Sum studens ar strongr reedrs and can tel the difrens between sownd speling and book speling. So wen they strech a wurd and they can see that they did not spel a wird rite, and they get frustratd wen i dont giv them the “rite” ansr, but sumtims it iznt abowt being rite, it iz abowt lerning the proses. Riting iz the most chalenjing and most rewarding part ov the day.

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  1. I love your “sownd it owt riting” post. It reminds me of all the time that I spent helping kindergarteners in their reading classes when my son was a kindie. I teach older kids, but volunteering that year was fun!

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  2. I’m so enamored with your beautiful representation of emerging literacy. I have four boys, but the youngest is in kindergarten and the next one is in third grade, so I am tickled pink to see inventive spelling.

    I appreciate the courage it takes to try to “sownd it owt,” and I’m excited about their efforts to use language to explore the world around them. Thank you so much for the reminder. It was most heartwarming!

    ~Dr. Carla Michelle

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  3. I taught 1st grade for a long time, so I know exactly what you’re talking about! I often say that my superpower is reading emergent writing. What a creative idea for your slice!

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  4. I’ve taught K and 1 and like your others commenters, SO appreciate this charming piece! My favorite line is: Y els doz *do* not rime with *so*? And I also appreciate how you sympathize with the kiddos who recognize they are not “dictionary spelling” and just want you to tell them… but they will benefit from the process. What a fun but also wise slice.

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  5. I love kid writing. Reading it, but mostly watching it happen. It is the best process. Amazing! Years ago, I had the privilege of working with student teachers in the Penn State PDS. I remember kid writing most of all as that part of the day was so creative.

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  6. It took such a different part of my brain to read this–and I can imagine that it took some focus on write it. It’s interesting to notice how much concentrating on figuring out the words made me lose my focus on your author’s craft. –It makes me appreciate more what I’m asking from kids.

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  7. My husband is always impressed with my ability to decipher any handwriting or sound spelling! Love this so much, impressed how much you were able to write!

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