Great Grammar!

edit 1I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned my favorite grammar tool, but I think it’s time I shared it.  I stumbled across it quite by accident and I have never been so grateful for a homeschooling tool.  Grammar is my thing, always has been, like I was born with an inherent understanding of it.  It causes problems in Little School because that understanding makes it hard for me to teach it.  I find myself having those moments of, “Why don’t you just get it?  It’s obvious.”  (Not that I would Ever say that aloud, but just feeling that way makes it hard for me to explain the fundamentals.)

So I bought an advanced grammar book, and for our first semester this year, we went through it page by page.  It helped me explain the things I have no explanation for.  But still, the Littles–especially Littlest–weren’t quite grasping all of the concepts.  Enter Everyday Edit.

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Offered by the informative schooling site, Education World, Everyday Edit offers a free paragraph for each day that has ten errors in it:  spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.  The students’ job is to find those errors and correct them.  We started doing them in January.  Though they have the free print-outs to do their own work on, I write the paragraph on the board and we go through them together. At first it took the Littles quite a bit of time to find the errors. Sometimes I had to explain the reasoning behind the errors.  If I couldn’t do it, I would pull out my handy-dandy Everything You Need to Know About English Homework and remind them. When we were working from the more advanced book, this workbook helped make things simpler sometimes.  In just two months, they’ve increased their speed by three times.  It takes me longer to write it on the board than it does for them to find the mistakes.

I honestly believe it is the best way to teach punctuation.  Once students have the rudiments down, this short, daily practice session helps them understand how it all works.  By now, grammar has become easy and painless.  I can’t recommend Everyday Edit enough.  Give it a try; let me know what you think.

Love wins,

KT

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