September 16, 2004


My daughter, who's in third grade, asked me to help her use the computer last night. Part of her homework was to type her spelling words on the computer and print them out. So, after dinner, the two of us sat in front of our home computer and I opened up Microsoft Word.

I let her have the drivers seat and she began typing in her First name. Then she held down the space bar to move the cursor to the right side of the screen so she could type in the date. She started typing in September one letter at a time while thinking how to spell the word and hunting for the letters on the keyboard. After she entered Sept a little bubble window appeared on the screen spelling out the word September. I saw it pop up and so did she. No need for her to work at spelling out the word now that the software had it displayed on the screen. What good is this exercise going to be if she doesn't have to spell her words. It was just going to be fun time on the computer.

I shut down Microsoft Word; opened up Wordpad and had her start over. I read her spelling words to her and she typed them. She had a great time. Spelled them all correctly and printed them out to take to school today. After we finished she told me that we should do that more often. It was a lot of fun she said.

Posted by Joe at September 16, 2004 10:07 AM

Now that's what I call good parenting!!

Posted by: Nancy at September 16, 2004 3:08 PM

Excellent idea! I think I'll have to start doing that with Little Dude.

Posted by: Da Goddess at September 19, 2004 10:44 PM

aw how sweet.

Posted by: Tine at September 21, 2004 8:15 AM
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