Five Proofreading Mistakes Kids Always Make

Proofreading is a valuable skill no matter what your child’s age

Mistakes in vocabulary, spelling and grammar are easy to correct when your child has a system to check and correct their work.

Here’s a proofreading guide to the most common mistakes kids make when writing.

Five Proofreading Mistakes Kids Always MakeBasic Spelling

Your child may be a good or poor speller but there are certain words that trip everyone up. Keep a list of those tricky words like there-their, desert-dessert, lose-loose.

Basic Grammar

One common error is the subject verb agreement. It’s easy to forget the “s” in “he eats” or mix up the verb “to be”. Correcting these little errors make a child aware of grammar and sentence structure.


Punctuation can get lost when you child is concentrating on spelling and grammar. A common error is no capital at the beginning of a sentence and a missing full stop/period at the end of a sentence.

Sentence Structure

Does your child write long rambling sentences that use “and” too often? They need to learn how to write shorter sentences and use joining words and punctuation.


Formatting is important for written and typed papers. Putting the title centre middle and keeping paragraph spacing consistent can help your child’s paper look and read better.

Proofreading is time consuming especially if you are a parent helping your child correct their mistakes. There’s an easier way to eliminate writing mistakes. The entire family can write better right now by using a grammar checker that checks spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

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