Thursday, July 29, 2010

Naughty Cookies

Sometimes I worry that the daycare where we have our children is not exactly giving them the best head start in life, academically-speaking. Some of this worry comes from the fairly frequent spelling and grammar mistakes we find in the monthly newsletter, on the menu list (example: Chocolate was spelled "choclate" twice on the snack list. Also distressing because chocolate makes a frequent appearance on the snack list, but that's more health-related than academic...), and on notes from the kids' teachers (example: one teacher left us a note that she "adiccently" wrote that Lucy had hot dogs for lunch on her daily sheet, but really she ate food from home [we don't allow Lucy to have hot dogs yet]. Took me a while to figure out that the word she meant to use was "accidently").

I hate to sound snobbish, but this does not come from a place of having a Ph.D./higher education/whatever. These are grammar and spelling rules I learned well before college. Should I really be worried about this, or does it frustrate me because grammar/spelling mistakes are a pet peeve of mine?

My latest favorite, on Lucy's daily sheet, listing her snack for the day:

"Villan Waffers"

Wonder what the cookies (I assume they meant wafers and not waffles) did to deserve the criminal rep?


  1. It's not just you. I have noticed this at both schools my kids have attended. I even found errors on stuff Josh's kindergarten teacher sent home. (!) In some cases, I know it's a matter of English not being the person's first language, which I try to overlook. But when it comes from native English speakers, it makes me cringe.

  2. We've never had misspellings like that at our school. I would be scared too!

    Villan wafers is hilarious!

  3. This made me laugh so hard....but misspellings and grammatical errors kill me (I'm a giant pain in a restaurant when I find mistakes on the menu)

    I used to be an excellent speller- but reading all the kid's mistakes over the years has killed me. I second guess myself all the time!

    Studies show that spelling ability has no ties to intelligence- which I tell the kids all the time. This doesn't mean I don't judge adults who should know better:)