The Period

The Period Background Information The period is a very common punctuation mark. The period I used to end a sentence, a group of words that express a complete thought. It is also used to shorten words into abbreviations. Phrases, groups of words that do not form a complete thought, do […]


Punctuation Background Information Punctuation marks are symbols sued to separate words, add emphasis, and clarify meaning. Proper punctuation is essential to clear and effective writing. Students will benefit from an early introduction to punctuation. The best way to learn hw to use punctuation marks properly is to practice using them. […]

Using Capitalization For Brand Names

Using Capitalization For Brand Names Note: When introducing other situations in which the first letter is capitalized, teachers may wish to present one category t a time: titles, events, buildings/monuments, nationalities/languages, and brand names. While this activities is based on the capitalization of brand names, teachers may adapt the presentation […]

Capitalizing Geographical Locations

Capitalizing Geographical Locations Note: Teachers should first introduce the geographic locations individually according to category; continents, states/provinces, cities and streets. The following presentation introduces the continents, but may be adapted for the other categories. Purpose To become familiar with using a capital letter at the beginning of specific geographical locations. […]

Capitalizing the Word “I”

Capitalizing the Word “I” Purpose To understand that the pronoun “I” is always uppercase. Material Three separate cards, each with a familiar nursery rhyme or tongue twister printed on it. Example: “Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlestick.” Riddle-type questions tased on the nursery rhyme or […]

Capitalizing Proper Nouns

Activity 3: Capitalizing Proper Nouns Purpose To practice capitalizing proper nouns. Materials Sentence labels with a blank space for a particular name. Examples: My name is: ____. My friend’s name is ____. My teachers name is ____. My dad’s name is: ____. Heading that reads: Particular names are always capitalized […]

Capitalizing Names

Activity 2: Capitalizing Names Purpose To become familiar with the common convention of capitalizing proper nouns. Material The printed lowercase and uppercase alphabet. Slips of white paper Red coloring pencil Pencil for each student Language Arts journals and pencils Presentation Most Montessori teachers introduce this topic in Year 1 and […]

Introducing Capitalization

Activity 1: Introducing Capitalization      Purpose To be able to understand and use the conventions of capitalization. Material The printed lowercase alphabet Heading that reads: Lowercase Letters The printed uppercase alphabet Heading that reads: Uppercase Letters Language Arts journals and pencils Presentation Most Montessori teachers introduce this topic in […]

The Mechanics of Writing

The Mechanics of Writing Introduction The mechanics of writing refers to the conventions that help to make text flow, such as punctuation and capitalization. Students who are exposed to the mechanics of writing at an early age will become sharper readers and stronger writers. Capitalization Background Information The English language […]