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“I was very impressed with the program and the interaction both you and Norma created with the kids. The kids were on track and obviously engaged. I was also impressed that they seemed to be remembering what you were saying. I loved the Wynken, Blynken, and Nod piece.”

“I think it is a well-done program. I hope I will be able to collect enough funding to make this program a regular event.”
— Susan Wittenberg, Executive Director,
West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, San Pablo, CA

What Educators Say

Punctuation Man“Your program completely supports our curriculum content. You have wrapped up the best in teaching to bring to our students. I love the fact that you are not afraid to teach young children great skills!” — Sally Feldman, Washington Elementary School, Point Richmond, CA

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“I liked the different activities and your desire to make all students feel successful. It was valuable for our students to see that learning can be fun.”
— Madison Crocker, Washington Elementary School, Point Richmond, CA

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“This show was highly engaging and filled with great learning.”
— Joanne Clark, Washington Elementary School,
Point Richmond, CA

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“The posters are great reinforcement. Thanks! The teacher activity packet is very helpful, too. This is a great review practice for third- and fourth-graders.”
— Ana Maria Darson, Washington Elementary School, Point Richmond, CA

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Punctuation Playtime® was a featured program of the 2006-2007 school year of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund in Richmond, CA. The Ed. Fund has provided enriching grants and programs for this district’s schools since 1983. This footage was taken from the the video shown at the Ed. Fund’s 2007 awards dinner honoring teachers and students.
“The visualization and actualization of the punctuation games energized the students.”
— Mrs. Dennis, Washington Elementary School, Point Richmond, CA

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“I liked that all the students were included and had an opportunity to move. It was valuable for our students to use their knowledge beyond a practice session. Punctuation Playtime transforms printed marks into moving objects propelled by students, putting meaning into action.”
— Donna Cramer, Madera Elementary School, El Cerrito, CA

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“Punctuation with punch! Hit me again! The presenters kept moving and the students participated. What would make this program better would be to come to our school more often.”
— A. Peterson, El Sobrante Elementary School, El Sobrante, CA

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“The presenter had a calm voice, which was really good to get the kids' attention. The review of all punctuation marks, the punctuation song, and the definitions of each punctuation mark was great. The program was very engaging; the children loved it. I'd like to have it again in my class.”
— Mrs. H. Singh, El Sobrante Elementary School, El Sobrante, CA

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“The children were very engaged. They loved the games. I appreciated the help you gave to those who needed it.”

“The introduction to new punctuation marks and the chance to show what they know for the common ones was valuable. Some of the punctuation marks were above third-grade level — e.g., brackets, colon, and semicolon — but were introduced very well.”

“The class really enjoyed the program, and the packet of short activities for teachers to use in the classroom provides needed reinforcement.”
— Mrs. Anderson, Murphy Elementary School, El Sobrante, CA

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“The program increased the students' interest in punctuation. And, I liked the handouts for each child. It gave me a springboard to make up some more punctuation games to play in the classroom.”
— Mrs. Benzie, Murphy Elementary School, El Sobrante, CA

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Playtime in the classroom“My teachers really liked your activities! Thank you so much for putting this fun experience together!”
— Grete Holtan, Principal, Ellerhorst Elementary School, Pinole, CA

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“I liked the introduction, practice and review. Good job. The children wanted to do more. They cheered for punctuation!”
— Trudi Jensen, third grade, Ellerhorst Elementary School,
Pinole, CA

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“I liked the games, singing and comments from the students. The program was well-managed. I liked the mellow presentation with memorable activities.”

“The review of punctuation marks and their use in a movement activity was most valuable for our students. They need to move!”
— Mrs. DeCarlo, Tara Hills Elementary School, Pinole, CA

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“I liked the games, the story and the student participation. The song is great, too.”

“We learned punctuation marks by playing games and singing. It was great!”
— Julie LeMoine, Tara Hills Elementary School, Pinole, CA

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“Getting physically involved was good for the students. It was fun for the kids.”
— Peaches Rovú, Tara Hills Elementary School, Pinole, CA

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“The review of (punctuation) marks they knew — hearing them in a fun way — and introducing some we haven't covered yet was valuable for our students. I liked the relay game identifying punctuation marks.”
— Mrs. Pastor, Grant Elementary School, Richmond, CA

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“I liked the interactivity with the children. We focus on the basics — period, comma, etc. It's nice to know that now they can do ellipsis, semicolon, etc. I now feel all my students in the first grade can use all the punctuation marks you taught today.”
— Cecilia Moulton, Valley View Elementary School, Richmond, CA

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“I liked the relay game and learning the 13 punctuation marks. Going over the puntuation marks in the sentences was very valuable. This was fun and educational for the class.”
— Rachel Como, Valley View Elementary School, Richmond, CA

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“I liked the examples you used to illustrate your ideas. Reviewing punctuation concepts was valuable for my students.”
— Virginia Bogoslovski, Wilson Elementary School, Richmond, CA

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“All first- and second-graders can benefit from this fun lesson.”
— Jan Tomczak, Bayview Elementary School, San Pablo, CA

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“This is a very strong punctuation review with an active format.”
— Mrs. Woolard, Bayview Elementary School, San Pablo, CA

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“This is a very strong punctuation review with an active format.”
— Mrs. Woolard, Bayview Elementary School, San Pablo, CA

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“There were so many visuals — they made a dry subject more interesting. There was great (student) involvement with the relay, rap song and pin the punctuation mark. It was a great review, especially making the distinction between brackets and parentheses and a hyphen and a dash. I think a lot of teachers don't know!”
— Mrs. Jenness, Tolenas Elementary School, Fairfield, CA

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“The program has great activities. They were more fun than reading (about punctuation) from a book. The students were engaged. It was a perfect time to review for the STAR.”
— Rose Cassali, Santa Susana Elementary School, Simi Valley, CA

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“I liked the charts, the good visuals, and the games. it was an excellent review prior to the state test.”
— Ronda K. Oster, Santa Susana Elementary School, Simi Valley, CA