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Writing on Wednesday ~ Pangrams!



Pangrams are sentences that contain all the letters of the alphabet. Pangrams are great for handwriting practice and even provide fun impromptu lessons for vocabulary or grammar. Pangrams provide perfect penmanship practice because they contain every letter of the alphabet. Write the sentence once then go back and write the sentence in capital letters. In two short sentences children can practice every upper and lowercase letter of the alphabet!

Pangrams are a fun way to learn vocabulary and grammar. Look at number three below. I did not know the word “jackdaw.” In my first read-through of this sentence, I took the word to be “a” thing (one thing). Then I realized if it were just one thing, the subject and verb didn’t agree. This prompted me to look up the word “jackdaw.” Ah-ha! A jackdaw is a bird. Now the sentence makes sense. ~ Below, I have a list of pangrams for you. I didn’t include sentences that were hard to comprehend. These can truly try your grammar skills. Do a google search of “pangrams” to find some non-sensical pangrams for a real grammar challenge.

Let me not forget to throw comprehension into the mix. Number 15, 16, 17, 18 ~ once all words are understood, students can understand the humor, and sometimes absurdity, of the sentence. Here are some pangrams for you.  These make for some fun summer penmanship practice! (Printable link at the bottom)


  1. The five boxing wizards jump quickly.

  2. B, C, F, G, H, I, J, K, M, O, P, Q, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z are letters.

  3. Jackdaws love my sphinx of black quartz.

  4. The five boxing wizards jumped quickly.

  5.          My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.
  6. Turgid saxophones blew over Mick’s jazzy quaff.  (I see a vocabulary lesson here, too!)

  7. A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.

  8. Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.

  9.          The jay, pig, fox, zebra and my wolves quack!
  10. Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.

  11. Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase!

  12. Jay visited back home and gazed upon a brown fox and quail.

  13. May Jo equal the fine record by solving six puzzles a week?

  14. Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.

  15. Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.

  16. The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.

  17.          By jove, my quick study of lexicography won a prize.
  18. Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.

  19. A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats. (My son’s favorite)

  20. All questions asked by five watch experts amazed the judge.

  21. The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers. (LOL… imagery, anyone?)

  22. Watch “Jeopardy!”, Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game.


Get a printable copy of this list Pangrams.


Happy Writing!


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Writing On Wednesday – A great resource for beginning writing skills


I am a big fan of Montessori’s approach to learning, so I was very excited when I found out that Heather at Golden Reflections Blog was offering this digital download of her writing program for young children at HALF PRICE (2.49) through July 6.  Heather is an occupational therapist homeschool mom, so she has expertise in knowing the best techniques for teach young children to write. Check out her 6-week curriculum here!

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I invite you to check out my Pinterest writing board today for lots of creative writing ideas!

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Writing on Wednesday ~ Publishing: Writing a Book With Your Child

Writing with Lulu

Recently we went on our first family vacation in a very long time. It will also be our last before we shoot an arrow out of our quiver. It was a pretty special time, so much so, we wrote a book about it!


Lu wrote a “sloppy copy” of her story. This is the “mistakes don’t matter” draft of anything that you publish with your child. Normally we would edit the draft and I would pick out grammar and punctuation skills that need to be taught, but this time, I simply let her read her rough draft to me while I typed it on the computer.

I selected a book template from my word processing program to make our book. If you don’t have a template, this can still be easily done by typing text and inserting pictures on standard paper.

We did a cover, a copyright page, a title page, then the story began…. Read the rest of this entry »

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Writing on Wednesday ~ Here’s My New Favorite Language Arts Activity!


I discovered a great way to practice grammar and writing skills! Dragon Dictation is an app that converts speech to text. I use it in two different ways. I allow my child to dictate a story into the phone or I dictate a portion of text from a book we are reading. Dragon converts what is spoken and types it onto the screen, however, there are no punctuations marks, only words! It’s an editing paradise!

Here’s how it works.  Read the rest of this entry »


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