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How to Teach Contractions

Cartoon girl making contractions on a whiteboard

Would you like to help your child avoid some of the most common errors in written English? Today we’re talking about the misuse of contractions, especially when it comes to words like it’s vs. its and you’re vs. your.

You’ve probably seen these mistakes; maybe they’ve even made you cringe.

Giving your child a solid foundation in the way contractions are formed and what they actually mean—that is, which letters the apostrophe replaces—will go a long way toward helping him or her avoid these common mistakes in the future.

What Is a Contraction?

A contraction consists of two words that are combined to form one word. To “contract” means to “make smaller,” and that is what we do when we form contractions: we take two longer words and contract them into one shorter word.

When Do We Use Contractions?

Contractions are informal “shortcuts” that we often take in our everyday speech. Instead of saying “Do not tease the dog,” we shorten it to “Don’t tease the dog.”

Those same shortcuts can be used in informal writing when we want our writing to reflect our way of speaking. In formal writing, however, it’s best to avoid contractions.

6 Ways to Teach Contractions

Teaching contractions might seem complicated, but these helpful tips can make this concept easy to teach!

  1. Use a rubber band to demonstrate to your student the concept of expanding and contracting. When you stretch the rubber band, it expands; when you let it go, it contracts. That’s what we’re doing when we contract words – we’re just making them smaller.
  2. Demonstrate the concept of contractions by writing he is on a piece of paper, or use letter tiles if you have them. Cross out the i and replace it with an apostrophe. Read the new word to your student to show how the pronunciation changes from he is to he’s.
  3. Explain that an apostrophe is a type of punctuation mark. One of its jobs is to help us form contractions. However, many students put the apostrophe in the wrong spot, as in ar’nt. Understanding that the apostrophe must always take the place of the omitted letters will help prevent such errors.
  4. Write or build the words she will. Cross out the wi and replace those letters with an apostrophe. Explain to your student that she’ll is a shortcut, a shorter way of saying she will.
  5. Underscore the importance of the apostrophe by removing it from the contraction she’ll. Point out that without the apostrophe, the word is shell and not she’ll. Never forget the apostrophe!
  6. Finally, in All About Reading we include an engaging activity sheet where students create contractions out of printed strips of paper. The strip starts out with a pair of words, such as I am.

    Child holding paper with words 'I am'
    The student folds the word strip on the solid line to reveal the contraction, such as I’m.

    Child folding paper to form the contraction 'I'm'

Download Our Lessons on Contractions

Download Lesson 27 of All About Reading Level 2 to see how we teach contractions in our reading program.

AAR Level 2 Lesson 27 Teacher's Manual excerpt

AAR Contractions

AAR Level 2, Lesson 27, Teacher’s Manual

AAR Level 2 Lesson 27 Activity Book excerpt

AAR “Fun with Contractions”

AAR Level 2, Lesson 27, activity sheet

Download Step 27 of All About Spelling Level 3 to see how we teach contractions in our spelling program.

AAS Level 2 Step 27 Teacher's Manual excerpt

AAS Contractions

AAS Level 3, Step 27, Teacher’s Maunal

Below is a list of contractions you can teach and practice with your child.

click to download your alphabetical list of contractions

Download and print this contractions list!

Do your children use contractions properly, or are they still figuring them out?


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This is really helpful for me to teach my students.
Thank you for an amazing guidelines.

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You’re welcome, Aniqa. I’m glad this was helpful for you. Let me know if you need anything else.

Meg E.

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The paper strips are a great timesaver and help my pupils completely visualize what happens when we contract words. Thank you for another great download!

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You’re so welcome, Meg! I’m glad these have helped your students visualize how contractions work.

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very very helpful and fun way to teach contractions

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These are great ideas!! Thank you!!

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Very useful information, not only for my students, but for me as well. I wasn’t given much help with things like this in school… that and i didn’t think it was important at the time, so I will be able to use these tips to teach my kids the right way and also correct myself as well for future reference.

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I’m glad this information is useful and helpful for you and your students, Red. If you are ever looking for something specific, just ask.

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Great ideas! Can’t wait to try them

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I love the folded paper idea. That really solidifies the lesson. Also, I find that understanding word meanings like contract also helps build understanding.

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Excellent source for essential English lessons!

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This can be taught by having fun in everyday language

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Very useful information. I always print out your posts for future reading because my memory isn’t the best. Great to have a quick reinforcement for teaching skills.

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What a great idea, Kathleen! Of course, you’d have to organize what you print out to be able to find it when you need it again. It sounds like you’re better at organizing papers than I am!

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I even notice how many adults suffer in this area. I don’t know if they just aren’t thinking or just really never understood. Good write up.

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We jumped right into level 3 and missed this lesson. So glad I found this blog!

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I’m glad you did too, Janel! If you find there are other topics you feel your child would benefit from but you missed, let me know.

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Such great ways to teach contractions! You’re correct that it can be cringe worthy when these are misused 😉

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My students created contractions out of printed strips of paper. This really helped them make sense of contractions and understand the meaning of each one. It gave them a tactile way to discover contractions.

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We have used this method to teach contractions many time. Thank you for all the great information you give.

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Something like this would have been really helpful when I was learning contractions myself! Thanks!

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Thank you so much for this article. I’m homeschooling, and it’s helpful to learn how to teach contractions in a fun way

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These are great ideas for teaching and reviewing contractions. I like to make a game of them as well to help them practice and remember.

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You’re welcome, Rachel!

love your flip cards! I also make a memory game with the contraction on one set of cards and the 2 words on the 2nd set. We also use the same set to play “go Fish”. the kids love it!

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Thank you so much for all the helpful information!!!

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You could use a slinky too much like a rubber band. This program is very clear and accurate. I wish I had this when I was a public teacher. Thank you!

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Fun idea to use a slinky, Lauren!

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I love the lesson plan set ups used, such as the one in teaching contractions. The first part explains that ‘what’ and ‘why’ for the concept. And then there are clearly laid out steps for how to teach and practice the concept. Very user friendly lessons and worksheets.

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Great observations, Lori! Thanks for telling us how the lesson plans help you 😊.

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Wonderful!

Katherine Scott

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I’m intrigued by the rubber band idea. My students tend to sprinkle apostrophes in strange places, these Tripp’s might help. Thanks

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LOL, decorating with punctuation! I hope the tips help!

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The rubberband concept is an interesting way to think of contractions.

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Khadeejah Binte Rawshan

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Love this! Will definitely refer to this when teaching contractions.

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I love the rubber band idea to help cement the concept of contracting and expanding!

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This is great! Contractions has been a difficult concept for one of my kids to learn, yet these ideas afford me more ways to teach the idea. Bonus, they are simple! Can not wait to try them out! Thanks!

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It makes teaching English so much easier!

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Very interesting, can l use this as kinaesthetic activity ?

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I really appreciate your teaching methods and it’s helping my son – thanks!

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Great ideas!

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We love this!

Cheree

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This is cool. My daughter does a great job reading contractions but hasn’t learned how to write them yet!

Tiffany J B.

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Will definitely try third for my son.

Jennie

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I’m so glad we use your curriculum to help with these tricky topics!

Tina

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I love the activity sheet visual of contracting the words! Def will use that in the future.

Kendra White

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We love All About Spelling and the letter times app is a great addition! Thanks for making great products.

Great variety of ideas here for teaching contractions.
Thanks

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Grateful for this curriculum.

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Great ideas!

Melissa Olin

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We have been enjoying this program for both my kids. The rules and lessons are great and are really helpful in teaching the kids to break apart words to make better readers.

Susan Hargett

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This looks like a easy and effective way to teach contractions. Thank you!

Julia

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I love all the hands on ideas, such great tips!

Akakes

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Wow! Love these ideas since each child learns and understands differently from each other

brittany doerfler

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Thank you so much for the rubber band tip

Melissa

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Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Lan Bello

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My students usually get the spelling of the contractions wrong by putting the apostrophe in the wrong place or leaving out the wrong letters. Using tiles is a great way to show which letter(s) are being replaced with the apostrophe.

Merry

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Great observation, Lan!

Laura

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Great post, as always!!!!

Lyndi

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Great article!

Sarah

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So helpful! Excited to use these strategies with my son.

Dacia Bergeson

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This will be great for my daughter. She still struggles with this. Thanks!

Corina Krause

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The pro tables are soo much fun!! The kids ask to do them 😊

Mata Dennis

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SImple and easy to use ideas. No wasted time just read, print and go.

Grace

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The explicit instruction will serve dyslexic (and all) students well. Really like the foldable sheets.

Elizabeth

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We love the printables!

Jennifer

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Love these ideas!

Tabitha

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Oh wow this is so helpful! I love the idea of the folding paper to show the contractions, will definitely be utilizing that, especially with my dyslexic student

Monica Ellison

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Great article, thank you for all the tips.

Joy

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Such great information! So helpful!

Kim

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I never thought about teaching contractions this way! I love this idea!

Kacey

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My daughter understood contractions right away with this reading lesson. Almost ready to teach them to my son as well. The paper activities are always such a great way for those very dyslexic reluctant readers to practice reading more words in an enjoyable way without feeling overwhelmed!

Merry

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That’s wonderful, Kacey! I hope teaching them to your son goes just as well, and I’m glad they can have a low-stress way to practice. Keep up the good work! ⭐

Judy Romero

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I absolutely LOVE the idea of using the ‘rubber band’ to teach contractions! It is simple yet effective and inexpensive to prepare the lesson. :)

Paige

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The rubber band analogy was extremely helpful to my 7 year old son. Thank you!

Lisa Weeks

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All of these are amazing ideas. Tha k you for the heads up! I cant wait to try the rubber band trick!

Lisa Weeks

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Wow im so glad i found this! I love the rubber band idea!!

Sherri Bankston

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Contractions have been one of her favorite parts so far. I’m eager to try these!

Jamie

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This looks really neat. I’d love to check it out.

Carol Burnette

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We are still working on these. I can’t wait to try this! Love AAS!

Jessica

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I love this program! It helps me teach concepts in way I never would have thought of on my own. These are great simple ideas!

Julie Baniewicz

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Brilliant way to help a visual learner grasp contractions!

SC Monma

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Love AAS!

Joanne Bennet

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Such a great idea to teach this idea!!

Jenny

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This makes learning so fun and hands on!

CD Canada

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Great ideas! Thanks you

Chere

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Misused contractions make me crazy! I wonder if kids learn this in school anymore?

Andrea

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I love this post! It’s very intuitive and will show this to my 8 year old

Andrea

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This lesson was a straight forward, simple way to break down contractions. Our son was able to pick up the concept with ease.

Merry

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That’s wonderful, Andrea!

Heather Dow

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Love these ideas! Excited to try with my kiddos!

Michelle

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Great Company, always very helpful, excellent resources.

Merry

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Thanks, Michelle! 😊

Jackie Ridge

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So helpful! Great ideas here

Lindsey C

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Love the hands on approach!

Robyn McLeod

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Tricky little things, these contractions! Thanks for the tips!

Merry

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Yes they are! You’re welcome, Robyn 😊

Jessica Molina

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This is great! I can definitely use this.

Shala

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Looking forward to trying these.

Laura

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These are great ways of teaching contractions! I love the hands-on approach!

heather

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Love the hands on task!

Susan

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And I was just memorizing them! I was never taught the rule.

Ashley Hensley

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This site is amazing. I love how there are free downloads and plenty of ideas.

Cara

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Thanks for the great information! These posts are always so helpful!

Gwendolyn Forehand

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I am a Kindergarten teacher, but this information will help me pay attention to my writing and my own children writing. Thanks for the heads up.

Hannah

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This is helpful!

Caitlin

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Love these ideas!

Laura

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Thanks for the specific, hands on examples of how to teach. They are very helpful!

Sabrina Done

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These are great tips! Thank you!

Lisa

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When I started crossing out the letters to be dropped, then demonstrating how the apostrophe takes their place, my students became more successful at forming contractions. I will have to remember to use idea #5 to demonstrate the importance of the apostrophe.

Merry

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Great demonstration, Lisa! I hope idea #5 helps too!

Katie

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Love these detailed articles- helps me think out of the box when I feel frustrated with learners that are quite different from each other. The folded papers were a huge help with one student in particular!

Merry

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That’s great, Katie – so glad it helped your students!

Bri Shrout

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Love articles like this that provide so much guidance!

Alexis Christenson

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I printed out these resources and it made it much easier to teach contractions! Thank you :)

Sarah

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Thank you!

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Love all about learning!

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Chris

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We enjoy learning from ALL ABOUT SPELLING! This is our 3rd year using it!

Lisa H

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Such great suggestions!

Candace Morton

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Great resource ideas.

Yvonne

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Great ideas!

Candace Morton

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Using a rubber band is a great visual.

Alicia

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I love these tips. Thank you!

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Teresa Moala-Tigno

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This is great! We just started learning about contractions and using a rubber band really helped my son remember!

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Starting All About Spelling Monday. 2020 is going to be the year of spelling!

Merry

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Oooh, fun! I hope the year of spelling goes well!

Carolsue

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My daughter has trouble with contractions — this would really help her!

Christina Miller

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Great lessons!!!

Shannon Eaves

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Love this! Thank you!

Tami Brett

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Thanks for all helpful tips!

Dominique Green

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Thanks. This will be very helpful when teaching our girls this.

Colleen McIrvin

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Great tips!

Pamela

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Great ideas!

Wanda

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This curriculum has been so helpful to my three kids. Love the simplicity of the teaching!

Pamela Payne

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I always love the great ideas you provide and have used them in my class.

Amy

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I love that this program tells the reason why words are spelled the way they are not just because we have to memorize them.

Merry

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Thanks, Amy! 😊

Elizabeth M.

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Very helpful

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Carmel Bang

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I learn so much from your posts. Thanks for all the free information.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Carmel. So glad you can keep on learning too 😊.

Holly

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This is so helpful! Thank you!!

Kendra S Mackenzie

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Hope Shelton

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These are great tips. Thank you!

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Merry

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You’re welcome, Angel! So glad it’s valuable to you and your family 😊.

Sana h

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This is so helpful. The folding paper is so creative since my youngest is a hands on reader.

Sarah Brown

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How I wish I had done this with my oldest!

Shelley Gehman

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The very first concept using the rubber band to demonstrate “contract vs expand” is so easy and fun, and I think would be effective at keeping the students’ interest for the rest of the lesson with the tiles, paper and teaching. I can’t wait to use this.

Dawn E Leahy

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Need this to help my 7 year old granddaughter!
Thank you.

Kristan

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These are great tips

Heather

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This way of teaching contractions really helped my son figure them out.

Becky

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I have been using AAR level one with my son. Thank you!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Becky! Have fun in AAR 1 with your son!

roxy

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thank you! I used these materials as a refresher for my kiddos and they loved it.

Julia Thomsen

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Good tips thanks

Elizabeth

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I like the practicality off the activities and lessons.

Shelley Petracek

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Awesome! Thank you!

Stacey

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Great ideas for contractions!

Collet

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I absolutely love this program!!

Lyndsey

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I love this program!

Ying Zheng

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Great resource!

Kimberly h

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Thank you for all the tips!!

Tamara Clement

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Love this! So many helpful tips to make teaching contractions fun and engaging for my kids.

Ann

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This is very helpful! I have really enjoyed using your products. Thank you!

Jamie Carter

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This is a great article and very timely for me, as I was trying to introduce contractions to my 6 year old today. We will have to try some of your suggestions!

Charyl Nocerino

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The folded paper trick is great for visual learners. Thank you!

Meghan

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I love using letter tiles to teach contractions. It makes it easier to visualize.

Erin

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I downloaded the “Fun With Contractions” manipulative and can’t [cannot hee hee ;) ]wait to use it with my students!

Merry

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I see what you did there! Have fun with your students, Erin!

Kristin

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AAS is a great program. I have learned so much with my kids that I didn’t learn when I was in school.

Carla Dayholos

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Great tips on teaching contractions!

Jess

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I love this curriculum! Contractions and all the other little rules make so much more sense to me now and in turn I can teach the kids.

Merry

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I’m glad all of the rules and concepts are making sense, Jess! Have fun teaching your kids :-).

Laura

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This was very helpful!

Kara Jones

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I love the hands on approach. I had not thought about doing the paper and shrinking them. Great for my visual learner.

Lara Morrison

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I love how comprehensive All About Spelling is!

Melissa Shores

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My girls loved the contractions lesson.

Eve Stoughton

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I love how you break down the spelling rules! This has helped my new speller all the way through my middle schooler.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Eve! I’m glad the materials are helpful for your students of multiple ages!

Elaine

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Thank you for the amazing list of contractions. I find kids love contractions once they learn them. Thanks for the steps to help them succeed!

Amy Gardner

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It helps to have these guidelines so I don’t miss any important points on contractions.

Heidi Stafford

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This is great! I love the contractions sheet.

Abigail A

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Just about to start working on these more with my 2nd grader.

Shannon

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We’re still figuring out contractions, but she’s doing well and has a decent grasp on the concept as far as reading goes. We love the hands-on reinforcement in AAR. We haven’t approached anything in spelling yet.

Merry

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That’s great, Shannon! Keep up the good work! ⭐

J Kamin

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The hands-on nature of the activities really helps
my daughter stay engaged. This looks like a good approach.

Julie

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Putting myself in my child’s shoes always keeps me humble and better prepared.

Merry

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That’s a good reminder for all of us, Julie.

sus

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I am definitely trying this. Contractions can be tough for kids to remember and apply.

Lindsay Million

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Can’t wait to start using these tips with my children.

Sara B

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Thank you for all of the great tips! All About Learning never disappoints!

Mandy Odom

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This was so helpful!

Shanda Bradford

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We love all about reading and all the resources! Thank you!

Christi McBride

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So very helpful! Thank you!

Wendy

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I love this resource, thank you!!

Megan

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Great ideas! I can’t wait to try them with my children!

Zoe

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This is great information & very helpful. Thank you!

Jana Pappas

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Contractions are one of my favorites to teach and have fun with! Thank you for the free extras!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Jana! I love that you have fun teaching these to your kids!

Linda

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All About Reading and Spelling have really helped my adopted children with their English. I’ve taught all of my sixteen children to read using various curricula, but this is by far the best.

Merry

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Wow, Linda, that’s awesome! What a blessing you are to your family. I’m so glad AAR and AAS have been helpful to you.

Natalia

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Incredibly helpful, thank you.

Deanna

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Love AAR! I use it all the time and kids love it.

S Orlich

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Thanks for all the great tips! Always helpful!

Heather N.

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We just purchased AAR level 1 and can’t wait to get started! Thank for all the extra information!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Heather. Let us know if you have any questions along the way.

Emily Goodwin

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I would love to use these resources to help my struggling daughter.

Jessica

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This will be great for my youngest and help my others!

Jennifer Dickson

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We so needed this! Our 6 yo has been struggling with other systems out there and we are so excited to dig into AAR and watch your system help her!

Merry

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I hope your daughter does well with AAR, Jennifer! If you ever have questions along the way, we are here to help! 😊

Julie

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Great resource!

Teresa

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Excellent ideas. My kids have really benefited from AAR! I am so glad you put together this wonderful program.
When I was doing my student teaching, ages ago, my “cooperating” teacher would have benefitted from AAR’s lessons on contractions. He wrote on my evaluation, “She could of…” and “She should of…” Haha. So much for being the head of the English Department.

Merry

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Oy! It grates against the ears! Hopefully his strengths were in literature :-).

Raquel Mendez

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Entering for giveaway! I hope to win AAR as been amazing for my daughter!!

Karla

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What a valuable resource, thank you!

Cheri

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All your free helps on the website… like this article.. have been so helpful in teaching my children to read! I’ve used all four levels of All about reading for 3 of my children and I’m now working with my fourth and fifth. Those program has worked with each child wonderfully even though they each have different learning styles and difficulties. They look back at their reading lessons as somebody of their highlights of homeschooling. Thanks a bunch!

Merry

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Awww, that’s wonderful, Cheri! So glad they were able to enjoy learning to read and having you teach them. Great job! Thanks for letting us be a part of your school. ❤️

meagan

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Great info! Thank you!!

Heather Seubert

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Trying to work on these with my little guy

Samantha Tjoelker

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Great ideas!

Ginger

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These are great tips. Thank you for sharing!

C.d. Randall

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Great ideas!

Jessica

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Love these ideas! Excited to incorporate them!

Kathy

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Marie, where were you when my kids were little? I’m passing on all your great expertise to my kids to use with my grands! Thank you so much!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Kathy!

ReNae Grant

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Great ideas! I’m looking forward to trying them out.

Sara LaFlash

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We just went through this lesson in the AAR level 2 and it was awesome!

I love this information and how it is implemented for kids! Thank you!

Lata

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A list is very handy for teaching. It also makes a good checklist to check how the kids use it.

Cathy Lamica

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Wonderful article, just in time to help my grandsons. Thank You.

Heather Mulvany

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Great article! We are starting AAR1 and I love how educational these articles are to help me better help teach her. Thank you!

Melissa

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I’m not there yet with my 3 year old, but we’ve had a great start so far!

Julie

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This is coming up soon for us! Glad I came across this article. Good tips!

Saranne Martin

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My son struggles with contractions. I should use these lessons as review.

Merry

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I hope they help, Saranne!

Sarah Self

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Great article!

Michelle Moore

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Thank you for all your resources! Amazing products and teaching resources!

velvet fullet

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Thank you for this it wil

Thank you so much for these fun and engaging educational strategies.

Megan E Hillegass

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I just did this lesson with my 4th grader. Pointing out that the apostrophe holds the place for the missing letters was so helpful to him!

Pam

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Thanks for the tips

Elaine

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Thank you for the hints! My daughter knows the more common contractions but struggled with the ones we don’t say aloud often.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Elaine! Hopefully the additional tips really help her.

Shelly

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Wow! Thanks for the amazing resource and information. I love the examples and teaching steps- easy to apply. So useful and practical

Amy Sharp

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Thank you for making sense of teaching contractions! We love AAR!

Lisa

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Love them rubber band idea!

Sarah W

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Thanks for sharing. The fun with contractions activity worked well with my first child. I’m grateful for the refresher as I approach contractions with my second child.

Kimberlee

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An alphabetical list of contractions! Wonderful! Thank you.

Rebecca

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I love the activity sheet for students to create contractions out of printed strips of paper. I look forward to using these ideas with my daughter. Thank you!

Keri

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Great tips!

Judy Thomas

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Brilliants tips & ideas! RThank you for sharing them.

Heather H

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This sounds awesome!

Tessa W

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My eldest is nearly at this lesson! Misplaced contraction apostrophes has always been a pet peeve of mine so I’m looking forward to teaching my kids how to work with them. I think I may enjoy AAS just as much as they do 😄

Merry

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LOL, so fun! I’m glad you can enjoy teaching them–makes the journey so much more special.

Lauren

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I have used the rubber band!

Elise

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This helped so much. My asperger child just could not understand why or how of contractions. I think she has better grasp now. Thank you.

Merry

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You’re welcome Elise. I’m so glad this helped your daughter!

Diana Bales

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I love the different learning modalities used to teach contractions. They are also fun!

Rachel

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Great ideas!

Jennifer Tucker

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My kids aren’t ready for this yet, but it is a great resource to have for when they are. Maybe a year or two from now.

Danielle

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These are great ideas!
We will be using this concept to help us grasp contractions properly.
Thank You!

Melissa Nieschulz

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The rubberband explanation is one I haven’t tried yet!

Tracie

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Great ideas! Thank you!

Nicole

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Great advice, thanks!

Albatina Holden

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this really helps my son

Mari

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I tried many other methods of teaching contractions before using this method. They finally, finally understood and haven’t had any problems since.

Merry

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Wow, that’s awesome, Mari!

B Pittman

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I like the idea of using a rubberband to help visualize contractions.

Erin Allison

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I’m going to try this with my 4th grader. We do online school and extra help in certain areas is great!

Amy Goldston

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We love AAR and AAS!

B Pittman

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I love the idea of using a rubberband to help them visualize contractions!

Mariss

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Thanks, printing this!

Jessica Burke

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This is really helpful. Thanks!

Stephanie Lair

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We enjoy AAR.

Erin Allison

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All about learning press has helped my 4th grader a lot! Thanks!!

Robin

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Thank you for the awesome tips. I will definitely try this with my son.

Byron Adams

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Thanks for the help you’re providing for me and my child I’m sure it will be of great help.

Heather

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This is very helpful. Looking for a way to help students understand the purpose of contractions.

Amber

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My kids love the games like this in AAR!

Tisha Harper

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These are awesome ideas!

Karen

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I did this contraction lesson right before Christmas, and it was such a great way to teach the concept!

Merry

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Wonderful! I hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas, Karen!

Laura Unger

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These are great ideas to teach contractions! My first child picked them up right away, but my second is struggling a bit. Thanks for the tips!

My kid’s loved this exercise!

Beka

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I’m excited to introduce this to my daughter. Thank you!

Bethany Cropsey

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Awesome and creative ways to help my kids better understand contractions!

Miranda

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These are great tips utilizing all the learning styles. One of the things I love about AAL is the high quality of pedagogical tips shared with homeschooling parents who might not otherwise have access to them. Thanks for helping to make a challenging responsibility a bit easier!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Miranda!

Daphne Crowder

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I have used All About Spelling with my girls, and they were able to grasp the lesson on contractions. I actually have to teach my son to read, so I love the tips from All About Reading.

Amity Jones

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Thank you for these! They are so helpful.

Courtney

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We make sure to proof read it once with contraction and once without the contraction and vice verse to make sure it makes sense!

Merry

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That’s a great tip, Courtney! ⭐

Rachelle

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Great ideas in this article!!!

Lisa

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I used those folding strips all the time in my 1st-grade classroom!

Merry

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How fun, I’m glad your kids enjoy them, Lisa!

Catherine

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Great tips!

Martha

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This was so helpful.

Angie S

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I love this way of teaching contractions to students! This is such a hands-on and easy way to break it down! Thank you so much for this idea!

Mtalley2tx

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These will help our students practice contractions. Great resource.

Raelyn Houston

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These are great tips! I was not looking forward to teaching contractions. This makes it look more do-able.

Oh this is great! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Kelly

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Looking forward to trying these!

Sarah Gerner

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So helpful!

Brandi Stephenson

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Such great ideas, like the rubber band stretching. Love the color coded concept.

Leigh High Eagle

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This will be very helpful for my daughter! Thank you!

Micah

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I have used the method where you write both words and then cross out the letters not used in the contraction. Then put the apostrophe in its place. It’s been effective for my children so far. These ideas all look helpful, thanks!

Merry

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Great approach, Micah!

Matthew

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You also need to teach your kids the difference between ITS and IT’S

Anne Tucker

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So many fun activities for contractions!

Stacy Whitaker

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This will be really helpful for my second grader!

I love your teaching tools!

Kathryn Macnaughton

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My son has been struggling with contractions and there are a couple of new ideas here that I think may help him. I like the rubber band idea. Thank you.

Marissa Copple

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Nice reticle! Thanks!

Pammy L

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Thanks a lot for the contraction practice/printables!

Addie Rose

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Great Article! Thank you for the contraction practice ideas! I look forward to trying them in my classroom!

Addie Rose

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This article is great! Thank you for the contraction practice ideas. I look forward to using them in my classroom!

Julie Palmer

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Love the lesson ❤️

Faye E

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Thank you for the contraction lesson! It’s so helpful and really breaks it down! We love All About Spelling!

Brandi Woody

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These are great ideas! Thanks!

Ruth De Bruin

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Thanks so much for the straight forward approach to teaching contractions! Helping my students slow down enough to this about the proper placement of the apostrophe is most helpful!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Ruth! Yes, getting them to slow down is sometimes half the battle! Have fun teaching your kids 😊.

Keenmom

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I’ve homeschooled for 25 yrs and this is the best spelling program I’ve ever used. Keeping it to use with my grandchild.

Merry

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Wow, thanks Keenmom!

Lisa

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Dyslexia is so hard for some things with my daughter. Any help is so appreciated, and these ideas are great!

Merry

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Hang in there Lisa! I’m glad these tips can help. If you haven’t already, check out our Dyslexia Resources page for more teaching tips and encouragement: https://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/category/dyslexia/

Megan Miller

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We have a reluctant reader and after we switched to AAR, she no longer fights with me to do her reading!

Merry

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Wow, that’s wonderful, Megan! 😊

Jennifer

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Such an important skill!

Jessica Valind

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I am so thankful for the print out my child struggles with all things phonics.

April Woodard

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We love All About Spelling and reading! My son is learning contractions pretty easily and we love them because they make writing shorter which is good for someone who prefers not to write. Haha.

Merry

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LOL, cute! 😄

Sarah Barlow

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Thanks for the tips!

Danielle

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This article is so helpful. All about Reading has helped me teach my 3 kiddos to read. It is wonderful!

Paula

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Contractions can be tricky! Love me some AALtips on simplifying this endeavor ❤️

Alisa McMillan

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Really good info! I always have trouble teaching contractions

Brittany

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Love the ideas!

Krista Smith

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Our family loves All About Spelling. Also. Mom now knows how to spell better than I ever did in school ;)

Abby Gehrke

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Gearing up to teach contractions to my 7 year old!

Linda Johnson

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Leaving a post to say that I’ve truly enjoyed your resources!

Jen

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We just started All About Spelling Level 1. Everyone is excited. (:

Renee Cornelius

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These are very easy lessons to help my students understand contractions. Thank you for sharing these ideas.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Renee!

Lynsi

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Excellent article! I came here to leave a comment for a giveaway and ended up really enjoying the article! Not surprised at all, All about spelling has been wonderful for my family!

Merry

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Oooh, bonus! So glad the article was helpful and that AAS has helped your family, Lynsi!

Laura Kramer

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Good ideas!

pam

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Yes this makes it simple to teach

Robin H

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Can’t wait to try these

danielle

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I always love your insights! Although giveaways tend to be the push I need to actually say it here. <3

Merry

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LOL! 😄 Thanks, Danielle!

Bethany Smith

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Thank you for the helpful suggestions!

Christina

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Thanks!

Aarone Mawdsley

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very cute and spiffy lesson

Ashley

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Great ideas for illustrating this concept. Love the folded paper strips.

Amanda K

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Love your products and tips!

Beth

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Thank you for this article!!

Anna

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You always have so many enganging ideas to teach every concept!

Angela Vogel

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Love all the tips on your site! Thank you!

Lacey

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Great Tips. Thank you for the help.

Carol

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Love the contraction lesson with the folding paper to make contractions activity. Also love the she’ll / shell example of the importance of the apostrophe. Engaging lesson as usual!

Ashley

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I love how AAR makes learning so easy!

Jenny P

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This is great- I love the folding paper activity and will give it a try. Thank you!

Jo Mckay

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Thanks for all the help!

Sarah Oswald

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Thank for sharing these it make it a lot easier to explain how they are put together.

Lindsey

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Thanks for the tips!

Angela

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Thank you!

Emily

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Thanks for the tips! This seems like a great use of the letter tiles.

Lindsey

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I am so happy with this program! My reluctant reader is blossoming using All About Reading, and we are starting AAS this month!

Merry

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Oh, what a joy, Lindsey! Congratulations to both you and your reluctant reader! I hope AAS goes well too.

Sarah Reynolds

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Only a week into AAS and my first grader is loving it!

Amy Franco

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I saw a cute way to teach contractions by doing “surgery” and the kids cut out the unneeded bit and put them together with a “stitch” = ‘

Merry

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How cute!

Kate Lynch

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Great tips!

Lisa

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Great ideas to help with contractions!

Sarah

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I love the letter tiles for all thigs reading. So versatile!

Andrea

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I love the contraction strips! Simple, hands-on student engagement.

Casey

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Great resource!

Ashley Goeson

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Thanks for the article

Stephanie Makellky

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Thanks so much for this article

Amy M

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This is an amazing resource!

Liz

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Thank you for this article. It is especially helpful to have each of these points laid out clearly especially the shell vs. she’ll point. I love the downloads.

Elizabeth John

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Love the hands on methods and visual aids shared to help teach our students these important concepts! We have multiple children in our family using this program, all with good results! Thank you!

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Elizabeth! Congratulations to all of you on your success!

BreeAnna Hell

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Thank you for the opportunity to win a tablet to increase our learning fun!

Cathy Cohn

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I like the way you teach contractions

Cindy B

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Great ideas! Thanks for the freebies!

Christine DiRenzo

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This is very helpful to my 10 year old who struggle with writing out words, but loves hand on!

Audrey Marie Farlow

says:

Great article and advice. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah

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Wow, this is such a simple idea, but so helpful! Will try implementing this one with my two younger students. Thank you!

Karon G.

says:

Wow! Those are a great tool to teach contractions. I have always struggled teaching them. Definitely downloading them for my son.

Amie Smith

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Great article!

Megan P

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We are several weeks past this lesson, and randomly my daughter will struggle with reading/comprehending contractions. This is a good reminder to go back and review!

Lisa

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The rubber band idea is great.

R Smith

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Love the app and all of these helpful tips!

Alexis

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I love having a handy list to use when teaching my kids. Thanks for supporting so many helpful aids for me!

Didina

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We have been using AAR and AAS for a few year for a three kids so far and we love it!!!

Melissa C

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Thank you!

Tina Cuneio

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Thank you!

Tracy

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Thanks!

Karla

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I love this idea. Easy to use and a great visual for kids.

Rose Curry

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This is a great program. It has been very helpful for my daughter. Thanks!

carolyn

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Love the handy list of contractions!

Katie

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The part about demonstrating contraction and expansion with a rubber band is clever. I think that will work well with my son.

Sally

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I love the visual of folding the papers to see the contraction made from those words!

Kase Shannon

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Can’t wait to start implementing these with my daughter!

Cheryl Gallagher

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Thank you for the tips!!

Rachel

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I love these teaching tips!! We love All About Spelling

Merry

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Thanks, Rachel! Have fun teaching your kids!

Rebecca

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Nice ideas!

Amy C.

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Thanks for the great teaching tips!

James

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Great ideas

Brandy Austin

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Love the helpful tips!

Joanna

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I love the folding paper activity for contractions. Will definitely be doing this with my 2nd graders.

Rebecca

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This looks super helpful! Saving for later.

Deborah W.

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These look very helpful to learning contractions.

Katie Stewart

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I’ll be starting to apply these with my son. It’s such a great way to teach contractions

Annie Alexander

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This is awesome!

Abigail Frazee

says:

Fantastic Ideas

Melody Pelton

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This is a great lesson on contractions.

Erin

says:

Great ideas!

I love the folded strips.

Nadiyah W.

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I’ll definitely be using these techniques with my children!!

Rachel

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Great tips!

DeLaura

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This is a great resource! We’ve worked on contractions a little bit, but this approach is comprehensive. Thank you!

Merry

says: Customer Service

I hope your kids have fun with it, DeLaura!

LBoaz

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These are fabulous tips! They will be really helpful when I start teaching them to my kids. Thank you!

Mary

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I am always looking for tips and strategies to help my children learn!

Melissa

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My beginning reader understands contractions, but often reads it as both words. So the text might say “she’ll” but he reads it “she will”. I often don’t correct this, because at least it shows he understands what he’s reading!

Jessica R

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Great idea! Thanks!

Rachel

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Thanks!

Cheryl

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This article was very helpful for teaching all those English accidents that we sometimes make.

Shelly

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This is so helpful. It has always drove me crazy when contractions are misused.

Samantha

says:

Great resources, as always!! Thank you so much!!

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Samantha :-)

Sara

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What fun ideas. I will have to implement some of these strategies.

Gary

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Pretty good ideas. Thanks!

Ginger A Jerzak

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I have used All About Spelling and have seen a huge increase in my daughter’s spelling skills. Her confidence is way up and the mistakes are fewer. Love it!

Merry

says: Customer Service

Congratulations to you and your daughter on her progress with spelling, Ginger! That’s wonderful!

Kim

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Helpful. Thank you.

Jen

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These are really great ideas for teaching contractions!

Jenn

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Look forward to trying it out

Donna L Holder

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this is awesome

Annette

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Thanks for the list. I’ll definitely use it for reference.

Vicki

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These are really great ideas!

Angella

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Great ideas. Thank you!

Rachel Dial

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I have never actually thought about teaching this to my children but now I know it’s something that can be taught! Thanks for showing me the six ways to teach contractions!

Amy

says:

Great ideas!

Kenna

says:

So happy about this! One of my biggest pet peeves. I’m excited to try this with my children.

Erica Steder

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Very helpful and great way to teach contractions. Thank you !!

Peggy Stanfield

says:

Like your ideas on teaching contractions, wish I had known about this when I was teaching my children.

Stephanie

says:

Very helpful!

Celena Metzger

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Very helpful! Thank you!

Kim C

says:

Wonderful ideas to work on with my children.

Kelli Taylor

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Great advice!

Anna Baker

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We just did this lesson yesterday, and the rubber band really did the trick! She loved stretching out the rubber band and then letting it contract when we said the contraction.

Merry

says: Customer Service

So glad your daughter had fun with this, Anna!

Candace Galan

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I love this tip and will definitely give it a try.

tiffany garcia

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I am guilty of using the incorrect form of your and you’re. I love these ideas!

michele alfieri

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Great Ideas!

Morgan

says:

I love these ideas!

Jacquelyn

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Love the ideas!

Kelley

says:

Such a helpful way to learn contractions!

Ginger

says:

AAR has really made learning contractions easier for my kids.

Dawn

says:

Thank You for all the extra ideas and hands on learning to teach contractions.

Susan Smoaks

says:

This would be a fun way to learn. I would love to play with my son.

Liz

says:

Great ideas!

Donna

says:

Thank you for all the extra practice you have created.

Jenny

says:

Great ideas about teaching contractions!

Amy

says:

Thank you! Coming up on this lesson very soon and this is very helpful. She will love the rubber band demonstration!

Lori

says:

We love AAS!

Janette

says:

Great idea and resources!

Breanne Raymond

says:

Great teaching ideas!

Amy

says:

Great program!

Letisha

says:

Great ideas!

A A

says:

This seems to be good for visual learners.

Brandy Thompson

says:

Thanks!

Patricia

says:

I’ll have to check it out when I get there!

Amanda King

says:

This is great! Thank you!

Cristy S.

says:

I do love the very thorough instructions, with illustrations! My visual learner does best with this style of teaching!

Jay

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Great refresher on contractions. Thank you!

Jay

says:

Great refresher for contractions. Thanks!

Sarah

says:

I’ve head a lot of good things about this program. It looks great!

Angela Lesher

says:

I was just teaching this to a class of fifth graders! Great resource!!!

Merry

says: Customer Service

That’s awesome, Angela! I hope the demonstrations help your fifth graders!

Sofia

says:

So helpful! My son picked up the concept without a problem!

Christina deckert

says:

We love all about reading!

Cassie-Lee Innes

says:

What great tips!

Anne Turner

says:

This is amazing!

Nidhi C

says:

Thank you for sharing such great tips. They would be so useful.

Heather B

says:

I love these ideas!

Becky

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Great tips! I love the first idea about using a rubber band. Expand their vocabulary while learning about contractions ;)

Merry

says: Customer Service

LOL, nice play on words! 😄

Tiffany Marston

says:

Thank you for the great tips and ideas, I appreciate the wonderful resources on this website.

Simone Maltais

says:

Wow this.came at a perfect time
Was just discussing this with my daughter today. It is confusing to teach, this will help!

Merry

says: Customer Service

Yay for perfect timing! I hope it helps your daughter, Simone!

Kathy

says:

I enjoy reading all the great tips!

Deanna

says:

Thank you for the great tips! I love the rubber band illustration.

Natalie B

says:

This is a great resource!

Anna Eck

says:

I love all of your resources!

Grace S.

says:

Some great tips for teaching I wish I had known years ago!

Spirit

says:

I love the rubber band tip!

Mary S.

says:

Great tips for teaching! Thank you!

Julie F

says:

Thank you so much for the great tips!

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Julie!

Emily

says:

Love this program!

Jessica

says:

Love this blog and can’t wait to learn more from you!

Jill

says:

I love all the different ways given so you can reach a variety of types of learners.

Jennifer Peralta

says:

Thanks for the printout. It will be very helpful.

Christina Gould

says:

This is good information. I still have trouble with my contractions sometimes, lol. Thanks for posting!

Rebekah Garrison

says:

AAR has been so helpful to our family with learning disabilities.

Carey Skaggs

says:

Thank you for the print out. I’m going to laminate it and hang it in our schoolroom.

Merry

says: Customer Service

What a great idea, Carey!

Crissy Ladd

says:

Thanks for all the tips and tricks you provide!

Faith

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This will be a big help.