One difficulty students have when writing is using the right form of a verb. One reason this is so difficult is because in English we have a lot of irregular verbs. We might use them automatically when speaking but for some reason it is more difficult when writing. Who knows why? Most verbs follow simple rules to make them past tense but not irregular verbs. Here is an activity your child can do in their writing notebooks. Create a simple T-chart. Label the first column “Base Form” and the second column “Simple Past Tense.” (I recommend adding the word simple because there is also a past participle!) Then, list some of the words you child uses frequently on the chart. When writing, he/she can have their writing notebook in front of them to refer to when needed.