Thursday, February 5, 2009

Learning Parts of Speech

When your children are learning the parts of speech, there are many different things you can do to help them remember the different parts. Here are a few things we've done.

The Verb Game:
In this game, all the children stand up. The 'caller' calls out verbs for the children to do. This is a great way for the children to understand that 'think' is a verb. The caller might say, "Sit. Run. Dance. Think. Walk. Jump. Twist. Pretend. Yell. Whisper. Daydream. Read. Drive." All of these things are verbs, but many children, when first learning verbs, only think of verbs that their bodies can do: run, jump, walk. This game is fun and is a good break from the usual way of doing language arts.

Interjection! A sudden, short utterance; an ejaculation
We had a lot of fun with this one. For several days after Xavier (then 7 years old) learned about this part of speech, we had a rule that when anyone uttered an interjection, someone was supposed to yell, "Interjection!" We also went for a while without saying interjections, instead substituting the word 'interjection' for the interjection. So, if someone were going to say, "Oh no!" They would instead say, "Interjection!" That was a lot of fun, although confusing. It made for a lot of laughter and all three of the boys, including the 5 year old, know what an interjection is.

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