to want my child's teacher to understand how apostrophes work!!!

(379 Posts)
intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 16:44:24

DD is writing things like 'She live's in a house' and has been taught that the plural of potato is potato's! I am getting really pissed off!

natwebb79 Sun 15-Dec-13 16:48:23

Has the teacher actually taught that or is it a mistake your DC has made? If the former then that's pretty poor!

HesterShaw Sun 15-Dec-13 16:49:33

<wince's>

You should ask the Literacy Co Ordinator to run some courses if it continues.

jamdonut Sun 15-Dec-13 16:50:40

Are you SURE she has been taught that? Might your DD possibly have got the wrong end of the stick of plurals and apostrophes?

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 16:51:46

she has only just started learning to write so I don't know where else she could have picked it up!

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 16:53:13

They have not had plurals and apostrophes yet, she just started school this year.

jamdonut Sun 15-Dec-13 16:53:25

We (the classs teacher and I went through them with our year 4's last week, who had a shocking grasp of them! We are doing everything we can to put it right!

Philoslothy Sun 15-Dec-13 16:53:58

So of course the teacher must be teaching it wrong, absolutely has to be her in the wrong .

Is it not more likely that she has been taught correctly but does not fully understand and therefore is putting apostrophes everywhere . From my experience this is quite normal .

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 16:56:32

But she isn't putting apostrophes everywhere, just places you would put them if you were the kind of person who thought the plural of potato is potato's.

My DD has seen the apostrophe and puts them everywhere! Sometimes it's right. I bet she's just seen them and is bunging them in grin. Friend's dc was an in keeper in the nativity (handwritten note from teacher). That's more of a worry.

jamdonut Sun 15-Dec-13 16:56:54

So...if they haven't had plurals and apostrophes,yet, what has your daughter said to make you think the teacher has "taught" them like that?

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 16:58:45

The writing in her writing book has been 'corrected' to show the plural of potato to be potatoes. As my DD's writing has developed she is putting apostrophes in other places that lead me to believe she is being taught that way.

Dawndonnaagain Sun 15-Dec-13 16:58:59

year 4's?

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 16:59:17

sorry, has been corrected to 'potato's'!

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 16:59:44

Dawn ;)

Nanny0gg Sun 15-Dec-13 17:00:37

<ahem>

Year 4s.

And if your daughter has just started school she hasn't been taught them yet, she's probably just seen them attached to an 's' and thinks they're necessary all the time.

I wish they weren't taught till Year 6! Might not be so many bad habits to break that way.

jamdonut Sun 15-Dec-13 17:00:50

well, unless you have been taught that the plural of potato is potatoes,then I think it shows a very good try at the plural.She has obviously seen apostrophe's in books and made the connection herself.

ShellyF Sun 15-Dec-13 17:01:58

If she has just started school she is writing very well.I am sure her teacher would not have introduced apostrophes just yet.If she is in YR she will be working with many children who are still mark making and experimenting with cvc words.

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 17:02:02

No. The teacher has corrected her writing and written 'potato's' in red pen. That is my issue.

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 17:02:28

that was @jamdonut

BabyMummy29 Sun 15-Dec-13 17:02:33

There are a lot of recently qualified teachers who don't know how to spell, use correct grammar etc.

I actually had to take a teacher aside last week to point out that it wasn't correct to say "I seen a rabbit" after she had "corrected" a child who had written "I saw a rabbit"

It makes me so angry that they can have qualified as teachers without the most basic knowledge.

LaQueenAnd3KingsOfOrientAre Sun 15-Dec-13 17:02:57

YANBU - assuming you know for certain that her teacher has definitely taught her this? Or, could it have been a well meaning (but not very capable) TA who has taught her this, in error?

However, I was most surprised to discover on Mumsnet that expecting your child's teacher to have excellent SPAG is unfair, and in fact rather spiteful and elitist hmm

When DD1 brought home letters from her Yr2 teacher, I had to wrestle DH to the floor to stop him correcting her (frankly poor) SPAG and returning the letter to school with DD1.

jamdonut Sun 15-Dec-13 17:03:26

oops blush

intothenever Sun 15-Dec-13 17:03:40

also, jam donut? the plural of apostrophe is apostrophes.

ShellyF Sun 15-Dec-13 17:04:41

When you saw her writing book you should have pointed it out there and then.Was it during a parent /teacher meeting?

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