Speech literacy (both written and oral) is my personal fad, and I’m in a hurry to justify or still nobody will see. Literacy is an indispensable attribute of an educated person and a period. Despite the fact that my daughter is a first grader, I watch her writing and talking in every possible way.
Our way to literacy
It is well known that the main reason for grammatical errors is that people both hear and write. I gradually began to teach my daughter to write at the age of 4-5 years, and even then I drew her attention to the fact that not all words are written as they are pronounced. At first it was difficult, because the preschooler is still unknown parts of the word, it is difficult to remember exceptions.
We started with the simplest – w / shi, chk / chn, and later the daughter herself tried to check the unstressed vowel. I am not one of those parents who will be touched by a child’s prey, I don’t see anything ridiculous in mistakes, especially when it comes to older children.
Of course, I don’t scold for mistakes, but always tell my daughter the correct spelling of the word. Besides, I never refuse her help, and I am very glad that every time she tells me how to write correctly.
I recently installed her on a Viber tablet (an application for communicating with girlfriends), and now she draws my attention to the mistakes that her friends make. One girl’s mother once even clarified who wrote it on behalf of my daughter, it was very unlikely that she was a six-year-old child.
Have you ever wondered why today’s youth makes so many mistakes? I think this is due to the fact that children read and write very little. But reading (especially if it is a classic) perfectly develops speech (both written and oral), enriches the vocabulary. And the letter? Recently, I signed New Year cards to my friends, so my hand is tired after the third!
I remember one time I worked on rewriting notes. I could not understand the meaning, but the visual memory worked anyway. And the fact that these were notes in English only added to me an extra plus sign.
Now, students’ notes are mostly in electronic form, we have not communicated with each other for a long time in handwritten letters, besides Word and phones have an excellent T9 auto-correction function …
Therefore, I make sure that my daughter read a lot, draw her attention to writing difficult words, and try to explain some rules as simply as possible. And every time I say that literacy should not only be in notebooks for the teacher, it should be always and everywhere, regardless of the circumstances.
I try to correct as gently as possible. If we are not alone, then do it in a whisper in your ear. And at particularly funny spellings of words, we laugh together. By the way, I have a friend, so you will never guess what number is his first in the notebook! Oleg! Because through A! Indeed, it would be funny if it were not so sad.
And I am very glad that my child puts on dolls and puts on shoes. Because literacy is a culture, good manners, education. This is an integral part, an indispensable attribute of any self-respecting person. And literacy should be fostered from early childhood.
And you pay attention to the correctness of the speech of children?