Proofreading Tips for Kids

Tips to Help Your Kids Proofread

Paying attention to detail is an essential skill to have in school and work. Teaching your child to proofread in the early school years makes them a better speller and reader as they pay attention to patterns and recognize mistakes. A habit of proofreading makes a better learner no matter the age.

Proofreading Tips for KidsSkimming over words and paying more attention to the story line than errors makes proofreading difficult. It’s hard to see or hear your own writing mistakes.

To be a good proofreader you need to trick your mind that you are looking at something new. Here are simple proofreading tips to teach your child.

Proofreading Tips

1. Don’t proofread until you are completely finished what you’re writing.

2. Break it up and chunk it down. Analyze sentence by sentence.

3. Keep proofreading age appropriate. With younger learners make it a game checking spelling and punctuation. With older learners get them into a system checking spelling, punctuation and grammar.

3. To check spelling read the sentence backwards so you are looking individually at each word.

4. To check flow of ideas read a paragraph out loud.

5. It always helps to have a second reader. They see errors you may have missed.

6. Check your facts and reference tables.

7. Know your strengths and weaknesses. If you are weak at spelling, check your spelling twice. Check your weak area first.

8. Check your formatting last, once grammar, spelling and structure have been checked.

Proofreading is a time consuming job. There is an easier way to eliminate writing mistakes and make correcting those spelling, grammar and vocabulary mistakes fast and easy. The entire family can write better right now by using a grammar checker that checks spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

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