Tips for Teaching Capitals and Punctuation using Multisensory Strategies

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Before you cast me as the wicked witch of Hansel and Gretel, I promise my cooking habits are nothing to be alarmed about!

Let’s try that again:

Suddenly, the narrative shifts completely – less like a horror story and actually relatable! Using proper punctuation is important; it brings clarity to your writing! 

Are you looking for Capitals and Punctuation with Multisensory Learning? Check out these tips to get your students moving!

How many times have you reminded your students to use punctuation and capitals in their writing? I’d bet that’s a BIG number! Yet, it’s something kids often forget to do, especially when they’re just starting to write. 

Capitalization, punctuation, and spacing are all so important to the structure of a sentence! But how can we get our students confidently and consistently writing sentences with proper structure and mechanics? Make it multisensory!

According to Understood.org, multisensory instruction is a way of teaching that engages more than one sense at a time. Using sight, hearing, movement, and touch gives kids more than one way to connect with what they are learning.

Multisensory instruction isn’t just fun for kids because it changes the pace of the lesson and usually gets them moving. It’s also beneficial to their learning! 

When our students learn something using more than one sense at the same time, that concept is more likely to “stick”. Multisensory instruction is especially beneficial for kiddos with language-based learning disabilities. 

One of my favorite ways to reinforce sentence mechanics is by getting the kiddos up, out of their seats, and moving!

Here’s how I do it:

  • STAND UP at the beginning of each sentence. This standing up, or getting tall, will remind them that we capitalize the first letter of the first word in each sentence.  
  • CLAP HANDS or STOMP for each word in the sentence, reminding them of spaces.
  • SIT DOWN when the sentence is complete to mark the punctuation at the end of the sentence. 

As your sentences become more complex, you can use new movements for different kinds of punctuation that you introduce. Get your students involved by having them make up the motions for the new types of punctuation that they learn. 

If your students often forget capitals, spaces, and punctuation – bring attention to each feature by marking up your sentences!

Here’s how I do it:

  • Start by having students read a sentence that you’ve written, like your morning message.
  • HIGHLIGHT all of the letters that should be capitalized in green.
  • CIRCLE punctuation marks in red.
  • MARK UP spaces with a small sticker or a small drawing like a star, a line, or a smiley face.
  • APPLY by having kids write one more sentence on their own, checking for capitals, punctuation, and spacing.

This is a great activity to have kids practice on their own, too.

Try a FREE SAMPLE of my Sentence Mark-ups!

Sentence Mark-ups are a multisensory way to practice sentence mechanics- capitals, spacing and punctuation. Perfect for reminding kids to check their writing and apply editing skills in kindergarten and first grade!

My Sentence Mark-ups are perfect for practicing sentence mechanics in context, using simple stories to highlight features like capitals, spaces, and punctuation.

Sentence Mark-ups have simple 3-sentence stories that your students “mark up” to focus on sentence mechanics. Each story’s cliffhanger prompts kids to predict and finish the story with their own sentences. Finally, there’s a checklist for students to check their work.

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