Using a Period

Kindergartners are at a time of the year that they are really expanding their writing.  They write in journals, they write notes to each otherJ, they write notes to family members, they write at the writing center and they write on their pictures at the art center.  Every chance they get, they are writing.  Now is the time to introduce the use of the period at the end of the sentence.  Kindergartners are starting to understand what a sentence is and they certainly know the meaning of STOP.  Now we put the two together and teach them to place a period at the end of the sentence to signify that they are at the end of their thought.  What usually happens after a lesson on the use of a period is that these Kindergartners start using periods everywhere and what we will see is one word written, period, next word written, period.  It is quite funny seeing a period after every word instead of after one complete thought.  They are trying to use their new knowledge and it takes some time until the correct use of a period really sinks in, but we do have to start somewhere. It would be wonderful if you also support this new skill by encouraging your child to use a period whenever he/she is writing at home.

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