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Is there a way to highlight incorrect punctuation on an ipad?

Asked by tan253 (2869points) December 18th, 2019
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My 7yr old loves writing stories, however, she never has any punctuation!
Names are not capitals and full stops just don’t exist for her. I’d love to show her where commas should be etc by highlighting them in red, is there an easy way to do this?
A punctuation correction program?
Do I manually have to change every comma, full stop to red myself?
Thanks for your help!

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elbanditoroso's avatar

You should seize on this as a perfect time to have one-on-one learning time with your 7 year old.

Don’t use an app. Don’t show a movie.

Teach the kid yourself. This can be meaningful as a parent-child interaction.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I agree with @elbanditoroso. Also, take her age into consideration and don’t make too big of a deal out of it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Auto correct only corrects spelling, not punctuation. But even if it did correct punctuation, the child wouldn’t learn proper punctuation for herself.

flo's avatar

Even if parents interact with their children to teach them things, letting them use a software that shows the correct way is additional help.

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snowberry's avatar

Age 7 is very young for mastery of punctuation, capitalization, etc. I homeschooled my kids for 10 years. Every child learns at their own pace.

You might show her how punctuation helps. Try writing a passage without any caps or punctuation. Then read it out loud with her. Ask her how you can know when to take a breath. Find a way to turn it into a game and make it fun. If it’s not fun she will hate it, and you might as well forget it. Also, be sure to introduce only one concept at a time. Go slow, make study times short, and have lots of rewards. Periods today, capitalize a few days later when she gets the idea of periods. Then move on to commas, etc.

snowberry's avatar

Also, is she writing on an iPad? That right there could be your problem. Give her a pad of paper and a pencil, and let her write that way.

Dutchess_III's avatar

When my son was learning to read I once had him read a book to me. He got to the end of a sentence and he fell silent and started tapping his foot.
After a moment I said, “What are you doing?”
He said, “See that? That’s a period. That means ‘stop.’” :D
BTW, he was about 7 when he finally learned to read. They weren’t teaching phonics at that time, so when he got to the end of 1st grade and he still couldn’t read, I took matters into my own hands. Had him reading inside of 2 weeks.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hey, that’s a thought. Use your body language to show commas (pauses) and periods (full stop.) Also, her name is very important so that’s why we capitalize the first letter. ALL names are very important.
This needs to be a hands-on lesson, though.

flo's avatar

One of these example might help your child see it when it comes to the comma:
“Let’s eat gramma.” versus “Let’s eat, gramma” good example

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