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The Three R’s – Writing and Grammar (Part 4)

The Three R's - Writing and Grammar (Part 4)

When it comes to grammar, I somehow missed this subject, or at least most of it, as I moved from school to school during my father’s military days. So when it came time to teach grammar to my own children, I asked my grammar-loving husband to start the process!

And, he did. With great gusto, he launched into all kinds of ways to have our kids engage with grammar. They did hands-on activities, sampled different grammar curriculums, and, for the most part, enjoyed the relational time with their dad on one of his favorite subjects. His philosophy was to find ways to play with and enjoy grammar. That is what will help them to absorb it, learn it, remember it, and be able to use it!

Can you imagine playing with grammar? I couldn’t. . . until the following September when I pulled out the grammar book we had picked up at a homeschool convention.

The very first page had a list of prepositions that students were supposed to memorize.

Oh, dear. I knew that my kids were not going to do well with that, especially my constantly-moving, always-fidgeting Michael. If we were going to make it through that grammar lesson, it was going to have to be physical and fun!

That’s when the idea came to me of acting out each of the prepositions:in, around, under, behind, above. . .

Believe me, we were acting and looking like monkeys, as we tried to find ways to physically demonstrate those words! We were all laughing, enjoying so much the opportunity to be crazy.

And that’s the sort of fun activity that I mean. The more your kids enjoy it, the better they will remember it. And, best of all, you’ll be building fabulous memories that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Be encouraged! Take one step at a time, break down each piece into something that you can have fun with, and, before you know it, your kids will be running grammatical circles around you!!

Hope your experience is every bit as memorable—and fun!

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