We’ve already provided 5 ideas toward a richer vocabulary. The takeaway is that developing a rich vocabulary is directly correlated to the amount of attention paid to it. In other words, a rich vocabulary is dependent upon the habit of collecting words. So let’s get to it: Collect Vocabulary! Suggestions Some of us are simply […]
There are few skills so valuable as the ability to sew — whether stitching a tear, hemming a garment, mending a ripped shirt, creating household accessories, or fashioning a new dress. There are several reasons to pass this skill on to our children and teach them to learn to sew: Learning to sew helps build […]
Sometimes it is a good idea to illustrate or reinforce a concept with a hands-on approach. If nothing else, a hands-on activity provides a nice change of pace. We cooked up some nouns, felt our adjectives, and now it is time to slice some verbs! Suggestions Begin by explaining what an action verb is: a […]
Everyone is probably familiar with the popular Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” originally published in the late 1700s. The song lists the gifts someone gave to his or her true love — the number of gifts representing each day of the twelve days of Christmas beginning December 25 and continuing through January 5. […]
Celebrate Thanksgiving by making pumpkin pie in a cup! Easy holiday recipe that uses only a few ingredients.
Learn alliteration — a literary device where words in a sentence or phrase begin with the same beginning sound — by writing a pyramid poem!
Here is a fun and easy way to practice identifying parts of speech (nouns, verbs, and adjectives). Have your child create a diamond poem! A diamond poem (also known as a diamante poem) is seven lines long, each line requiring specific types of words including nouns, adjectives, and verbs ending in -ing. The lines do […]
If your child is learning to learn on his own, he’ll need to develop a set of research skills — including finding his way through a dictionary. The dictionary is often the first place we turn when trying to find out what something is or means. Before your child is ready to consult a dictionary, […]
There are a few things our children should know how to do before they leave home. One of these is to know how to calculate interest. Back in the day (way back) calculating interest was incorporated into math books in such a way that the eighth-grade graduate had a firm handle on the subject. Several […]
For those kinesthetic students, it is sometimes easier to explain a concept by using one of the five senses. (And even those visual students will find a hands-on activity a nice change of pace.) We’ve cooked up some nouns — now let’s feel our adjectives! Suggestions Start by explaining what an adjective is: adjectives describe […]
Unless we live on a farm, one of the opportunities we want to provide our children with is the enjoyment of farm animals. There is nothing like seeing them, petting them, or simply watching them in person. And frequently, the young child finds it difficult to connect the actual farm-food-providing animal with the fluffy illustration […]
Being able to compare and contrast two or more things is a valuable skill. This type of analyzing serves us well not only as we learn, but in life as we make daily decisions, consider the value of two different options, or in daily conversations as we explain our thinking on a variety of issues. […]