The whole point is explanation
I have had no trouble explaining why the teacher 'incorrectly IMHO' marked her work wrong without bothering to see if the child understood at all
The child done exactly as the workbook suggested
Mountains and molehills, maybe, but have you ever heard the expression 'even the ears have walls'
I teach adults, and if they got an exercise wrong through my lack of explanation I would hardly blame them would I, no, because I wouldn't get away with it, whereas a 6 year old hasn't that confidence or ability to debate an issue with a teacher
As for it being a process leading to joined writing, they already have a copybook for joined writing sentences, so no need to do this, in fact the work was futile as they are already doing dictation!
I've never heard the saying "even the ears have walls".
I've heard the saying "the walls have ears". For example, "be careful the walls have ears" meaning: be careful what you say, people are listening/you might be overheard.
You might explain what you mean please?