Punctuation is a very important part of writing. And for some kids, it can be a bit hard to master. Sure, a period goes at the end of a sentence, but those commas can be tricky.
I wanted my beginning writers to start noticing punctuation marks and see examples of correct usage, so I sent them on a punctuation hunt.
I grabbed an old magazine that was headed for the recycle bin and found a couple of stories that had several different examples of punctuation. If you don’t have an old magazine, a newspaper article would work as well.
I then took an index card and listed the punctuation marks I wanted them to find. I varied the punctuation marks by their abilities. My beginning reader/writer looked for periods and question marks. For my older daughter (2nd grade), I added quotation marks and commas.
Once it’s all set up, have your child circle all the punctuation marks the can find in the article.
Even if your child is unable to read the entire story, they can work on this project. My kindergartner had fun with it even though she is only at the very beginning stages of reading. But, she does know what a period is and where it is used. You may not want to do this project with a child at the beginning stages of reading and writing. But, if you have one like mine, who wants to do everything her big sister does, then go for it. You could also have them look for letters or basic sight words if the punctuation marks are too difficult.
This is such a simple way to review punctuation at home. It took the girls only a few minutes to complete, but those few minutes for very valuable. They saw examples of correct punctuation usage and by searching for examples were able to focus in on punctuation marks they might typically overlook. We even counted up our circles to see who found the most.
Help you kids notice punctuation marks by sending them on a punctuation hunt.
BIO: Terri is the mom of 2 girls and the creator of Creative Family Fun where you’ll find hundreds of ideas to help you spend meaningful time with your kids. Follow along for crafts and learning activities for kids of all ages.