Anna came home with a landmark report card this Friday. All of her grades for the past six week period were 90 or above - that includes spelling!
Anna's spelling grade has been just in the passing range. She is very creative, and her spelling reflects that creativity. She comes by it honestly, through her father and grandmother (at least.)
I'm reminded of the words of Andrew Jackson, that great man made famous by the $20 bill. He said “It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word!”
Fortunately, I have technology to nudge me with little squiggly lines under non-conforming words, and a simple right click will give me all kinds of good suggestions. Fourth grade spelling tests don't allow for such luxuries, and so we've implemented a study and practice regimen that Anna has followed faithfully.
She's worked hard and made me very proud.