I've been thinking about our journal writing time in first grade, and I struggle between making corrections in their journals or not. Here are my thoughts about this and I'd love to hear what you all think/do, especially in first grade. 1) I think that a huge benefit of journal writing is that students become comfortable with putting their thoughts down on paper. This comfort and ease can become inhibited when they feel that their every word will be marked up in ink by their teacher. 2)Another benefit of journal is that students learn and practice the mechanics of writing, punctuation, grammar, spelling etc. Considering that this is first grade, journal writing is their main chance to practice this skill in their writing. If they don't practice punctuation, capitalization etc now, (with corrections, and proofreading marks) when will they ever learn it?? 3) Spelling is different than punctuation. Punctuation is pretty predictable, whereas inventive spelling is very acceptable in first grade as long as they use the sounds that they hear. I don't correct much spelling as long as it makes sense. 4) I don't want to send home a journal at the end of the year that is marked up on every page, but is it better that they don't learn these skills?