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How do you teach children to punctuate?

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To teach children correct punctuation skills, they need to be presented with lessons that are fun, entertaining and engaging. One way to do this is by incorporating songs and mnemonics. Educational songs addressing grammar can be found at the studio of "Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present."

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"Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present" is a group of three full-time teachers who compose educational songs to help children learn topics that are traditionally considered to be dull, such as grammar and punctuation. The song titled "Punctuation Nation," for example, teaches children how to use question marks, exclamation marks and ellipses. The apostrophe song teaches children how to use the tricky punctuation mark the song names, and the grammar dance, developed by Mr. D, teaches children spelling, grammar and punctuation.

In addition, the punctuation card, developed by Joseph Donovan, is a concise guide to the correct use of all 12 punctuation marks: the period, comma, apostrophe, semicolon, question mark, exclamation mark, dash, bracket, hyphen, ellipsis, colon and quotation mark. Parents might also like to have a copy of the Teacher Network's poster "Keep Calm and Check Your Punctuation" for children who know grammar but routinely fail to check their work.

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