Teaching Toddlers to write- (Part 1) Learning Sentence Structure

The above 2 pages are from Ryan’s school books. He did it in class during the last term. His school has started on slowly introducing the kids to writing in sentences.

The way of progression

  1. Filling in the blanks at the end of the sentence
    Eg: My name is Ryan.
  2. Filling in half the sentence
    Eg: I am four years old. 
  3. Copying the whole sentence 3 times
    Eg: I smell with my nose. (x3)

Through this simple exercise the kids were introduce to sentence structure and what they should be writing about given the topic-Getting to Know Myself.

It is easier to start your kid writing on topics that they are familiar with like Myself and my family as it would be easier for them to describe based on their own experience and prior knowledge.

It is also a good time to explain to them certain basic rules of capitalization- capital letters are used as the first letter of a sentence, a proper noun, or a proper adjective and for initials or abbreviations.

It is definitely beyond their ability to understand the meaning of nouns and adjectives at this stage. However to simply the grammar rules to them I tell Ryan that he should use only uppercase at the start of each sentence and the 1st alphabet to his name instead of writing everything in uppercase as he does now.

To him he feels that it is ‘cool’ to WRITE EVERYTHING IN UPPERCASE but it is not the proper way to write.  Writing in uppercase is normally used  to highlight a point and not done for fun. Well I guess I will have to slowly correct this ‘mistake ‘ of his. 🙂

Tune in to the next post where I share the resources I use to elicit sentences.


Related posts:

  1. Teaching Toddlers to write-(Part 1) Learning Sentance Structure
  2. Teaching Toddlers to write-(Part 2) Using Visuals
  3. Teaching Toddlers to write-(Part 3) Using Story Sequences
  4. Teaching Toddlers to write- (Part 4) Using Graphic Organisers
  5. Teaching Toddlers to write-(Part 5) A wrap up