My child was in kindergarten at Chippewa. They use "phonetic" approach to spelling where they don't actually give the correct spelling of a word, rather let the child spell it out like they think it "sounds". I said that my child was very bright and often asked how things were spelled and I wasn't going to lie. The teacher pretty much got argumentative with me and said that I didn't have to lie, but should rather say something like "how do you think it is spelled?" versus giving the correct spelling. I nodded and went home and continued to give the correct spelling as I have always done. Oh and I also moved my child to a private school at first grade which had a strong focus on basics of spelling, reading, writing, arithmetic and computer education. My child's spelling and reading skills are several grade levels above current grade at this point, while I know many neighborhood children who went to Chippewa who are struggling especially with spelling.
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no ratingMay 04, 2005
We are relocating from California. The staff at Chippewa bent over backwards to 'show us the ropes' and introduce themselves. Very supportive atmosphere.
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