Would you like to help your child avoid some of the most common errors in written English? I’m talking about the misuse of contractions, especially when it comes to words like it’s vs. its and you’re vs. your.
I’m sure you’ve 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.
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.
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.
Teaching contractions might seem complicated, but these helpful tips can make this concept easy to teach!
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
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 3, Step 27, Teacher’s Maunal
Below is a list of contractions you can teach and practice with your child.
Do your children use contractions properly, or are they still figuring them out?