5-min. ideas, Writing

Explain the exclamation mark!

This activity will boost your child’s reading in five seconds.

One of the most exciting things about reading is the exclamation mark.

The other day, I was reading a book to a couple of kids in a kindergarten class. When I got to a sentence with an exclamation mark, I stopped and pointed it out.

I told them that whenever they see one, they’re to say the sentence in a really excited voice.

We practiced the sentence in a normal voice, and an excited voice. They caught on right away.

Now when they’re reading aloud, the sentences with exclamation marks (and there are a lot of them in children’s books) are going to sound really exciting! And so they should.

This is a really fun thing to teach your child, and it will boost her out-loud reading from monotone to interesting in about five seconds. And that will make reading more exciting for her.


  1. Anonymous

    I love the exclamation mark.
    I always have.

    (Actually, this entry reminded me of that old Victor Borge Phonetic Punctuation routine!
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane; in fact, I’m off to YouTube to view Phonetic Punctuation!)

  2. Joyce Grant

    It’s a classic!
    Here’s a link to the famous Victor Borge routine:

    And here’s one with Victor Borge and Dean Martin, singing his famous phonetic punctuation.
    If you can’t watch the whole thing, skip to about 4 minutes when it really gets going.


  3. Anonymous

    Thanks for the link to the Victor & Dean routine!

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