My younger DD began "drawing" her narrations several months ago. She is 7. She takes scraps of paper, staples one side, and writes and illustrates what she calls "books" about whatever she has read or heard. She gives me adequate oral narrations, but her "books" are where I get the REAL narration. She has 100's of them. She does them all throughout the day and some times days after she has read a particular book.
My question though, is about the spelling. Ms. Mason said not to allow them to see a misspelled word. To remove it immediately before it became imprinted in their minds. Well, her "books" are completely phonetic, horrifyingly misspelled (it takes a good bit of work to decipher them) and using words as she knows them (doornogs instead of doorknobs and eyebulbs instead of eyeballs). I think Ms. Mason would shiver if she saw them.
These "books" are not something I ask her to do. She just does them. I'll find her outside with paper and crayons making books. She completely enjoys making them and reading them over and over. They're very accurate as far as information goes, but as I said, they are horribly misspelled.
Does anyone see this as a problem? I can see her spelling slowly correcting itself as the months go by, but I just wonder sometimes if I need to be concerned based on what Ms. Mason says on the subject. To date, I have only applauded the efforts and praised the accurate details.
Thanks again for any input...Tonni