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My Child Says It’s not Important to Write Complete Sentences! Teaching Children to Write Complete, Creative Sentences!

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“Why should I care if I can write down my thoughts in complete sentences?  My friends don’t mind that I send them e-mails and text messages with phrases and codes, so why should anyone else make me write in complete sentences?”   


We, of course, need to remember that the above statement is coming from a child, a child who has been deceived into believing the lie (probably by his friends) that learning to record his thoughts in complete, understandable sentences with the correct syntax is not a necessary skill for today’s world.  Sadly, many of our children are falling more and more into this deception!


The truth is, when we’re speaking about putting lasting ideas down in writing,

–ideas that can change people or circumstances,

–ideas than can direct business meetings or corporate decisions,

–ideas that can convince, influence, or encourage with long-lasting results,

then we’re speaking about ideas that are written with complete, understandable sentences.  The lack of ability by American students to convey their thoughts with complete, easy-to-understand, grammatically-correct sentences should be a grave concern for American teachers and parents. 


We are delighted to tell you that this lack of ability, becoming more and more prevalent among American students, IS a grave concern to the folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics.   As a result, we’ve put together an affordable resource for  just $3.97 to provide teachers and parents with a systematic plan of instruction for creative sentence writing.   


 I often talk with those who have bought the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program and with those who are still in the “investigating” stage of searching for phonics curriculum.  As a result, I often hear comments like these from parents:


My daughter is in 5th grade.
We just discovered that she is only reading at a first grade level.
Her spelling is terrible and her sentences are all run-on sentences.
Now her teacher is asking her to write sentences each week summarizing her favorite places to visit. 

She is supposed to write sentences containing similies and metaphors.
How can she write sentences with metaphors when she can’t spell and she can’t write a complete sentence with a complete thought? 


My son is in the 4th grade.
He is constantly asking me to do all of his creative writing assignments for him.
He can list many details for his stories, but he cannot put those details into complete, coherent sentences.
He has no idea how to build the sentences necessary to write the stories he has going on in his head.


My daughter is in the 6th grade.
She cannot tell where a sentence begins and where it ends.
She has no idea what the difference is between a subject and a verb.
In fact, she does not know that a sentence needs both a subject and a verb.


My son is in the 7th grade.
He was just asked to write an essay containing five paragraphs.
My son cannot write a complete sentence let alone compose an essay made up of five paragraphs.


My daughter is 12 years old and she cannot read or spell.
When she writes, she will often compose sentences with a singular subject and a plural verb.
She has no idea why her sentences are wrong.
Her sentences really do sound correct to her.


My son is nine years old, but he cannot tell the difference between a complete sentence and a sentence fragment.  


My daughter is 10 years old, and she doesn’t know the difference between a noun and an adjective.
How is she going to make it in high school? 


My son is 11 years old.
The English sentences he writes for his assignments contain adjectives that are trite.
He writes with adjectives such as:  big, little, yellow, old, terrible, tall.
No one seems to care if his writing improves.
Well, I care!



At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we ALSO care

 We care if children can read, enough that we offer parents and teachers a complete Systematic 4WAY Phonics Program for just $9.97.  


We also care if children can write, enough that we offer parents and teachers a sentence building resource for just $3.97.


So many times we truly believe that our young students are capable of writing good sentences simply because they seem to talk, at times, in complete sentences. While there are some students who just seem to “naturally” know how to construct a good sentence, most children do not.  

And yet it should be “second nature” for all children to be able to construct a basic sentence complete with nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and prepositional phrases by the end of the 4th grade.


Our newest resource is entitled: Teaching Children to Write Creative Sentences


This newest sentence-building resource explains to parents and teachers exactly what preliminary work is vital before a child is ready to construct a solid sentence.


This is an easy-to-understand, systematic teaching plan that illustrates (with a teacher and a blackboard and, always, beginning with the verb) exactly how to teach students to write consistent, creative sentences that answer questions such as Who? What? Where? When? What kind? and How?


Check it out.  Teaching Children to Write Creative Sentences

We truly believe you’ll be glad you did!




Carol Kay, President

Candy4WAY Phonics.