When you read a book to a preschooler do you ever pay attention to the wording in the book? This past weekend I read a book to my children and was so surprised at the use of contractions. Yes, I said contractions. The definition of a contraction is
“A contraction is a shortened form of one or two words, one of which is usually a verb. In a contraction, an apostrophe almost always takes the place of the missing letter(s), for example “don’t” is the contraction for “do not”. ”
In a world where there is so many texting lingo. I figured that our children’s books should have very clear language. Not that contractions are complicated, because they are not. My only concern is that our children are learning language and reading skills at an early age. To me contractions will confuse young children.
As children grow older they will be able to learn about spelling contractions in school and maybe with contraction games. But again that will not be till they are in school. Why is there such a rush for our preschoolers to grow up?