Monday, February 28, 2011 by Shelley Miles
Literacy, March Activities, Crafts
MARCH 4 - National Grammar Day, International Scrapbooking Day
Learning to write and speak well are key to future success in school and future careers. Get your children started on the basics early.
Practice modelling good grammar at home. Kids parrot back what they hear.
Help children learn the parts of speech. Start with the basics - nouns and verbs with games to make it fun.
An easy way for kids to understand nouns is to connect them with a person, place or thing. Go around the house and "search" for nouns (things in the house)
Next tackle the verbs. You can add "ing" to most verbs. Play a game Think of "doing" words and act them out. Try laughing, jumping, skipping, singing, hugging, tickling, wiggling - etc.
Adjectives. Big, blue, hairy, smelly etc. Think of a noun and come up with all the funny ways to describe it.
Even the littlest kids can play - and if you call the parts of speech by their correct names, nouns, verbs and adjectives, kids will easily incorporate these words in their growing vocabularies.
For older kids, Mad Libs are still the funniest way to practice those pesky parts of speech.
Scrap-booking is a wonderful way to turn photos, ticket stubs and other small souvenirs into beautiful celebrations of special days. It doesn't have to be fancy to be fun. Make a scrapbook of a day at the zoo, or of a favorite movie. If your child is too young to write, have them describe different parts of the day to include them in the album.
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