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Writing Prompt ~ There, Their, They’re

Writing Prompt: The words “their”, “there”, and “they’re” are homophones. They sound the same, but they are spelled differently and have different meanings. Words that sound the same often cause confusion for writers. They’re often common words, but their usage is different. There are a few different things to remember with this set of homophones. Review the usage for “their”, “there”, and “they’re” and take the quiz. Then demonstrate your understanding by writing a set of directions for something you know how to do. Use these three words as many times as you can.

Example: Tying Their Shoes (the magic way)

Young children often have difficulty tying their shoes. There are a few different ways you can teach them. There is one way that works very well! Don’t be surprised if your kids say that they’re too tired to learn. This is something that they’re going to have to learn! Teach two or more children at once so they can learn from their friends. Tell them they’re going to learn some magic!

Step 1: Tell the children to cross their laces to make a knot. Most children can do this step easily.
Step 2: With their right hand, they’re going to put their thumb and first finger in front of the lace (fingers slightly apart). Their fingers should be facing their bodies.
Step 3: With their left hand, they’re going to put their thumb and first finger behind the lace (fingers slightly apart). Their fingers should be facing away from their bodies.
Step 4: Now they’re going to pull their laces forward and twist their laces a little to create some tension. Their fingers should now be facing each other. (If they’re having trouble, tell them this is the magic part. There are some videos online that will help you demonstrate this part.)
Step 5: Next, they’re going to pinch the laces in between their opposite fingers.
Step 6: Tell your children to pull their laces through the holes! There! They’re done. Their shoes should now be tied.

There are many other ways to tie shoes, but this is the easiest one for their young fingers!

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