May I Quote You? includes a section on the different ways of looking at the grammar of standard English, that is, prescriptive language versus descriptive language. I am definitely a descriptivist, so I especially enjoyed that this book worked in that way to describe modern usage. The book includes an overview of some basic grammar terms, and then it has sections on the usage and grammar of tricky, tricky words of the 2oth and current centuries, look alike words, and how to form plurals.Continue Reading
I studied American Sign Language when I was in high school with some friends, and I also studied sign language for a year when I got to the university. I love sign language! I love the beauty of the motion. I love the grammar! And I always talk with my hands as I’m speaking. Sign language feels so natural to me. An ASL children’s dictionary would be a great addition to my home library.
When I saw a chance to review the Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language on netgalley.com, I jumped at the chance to review it. As the title states, it is geared toward children, and I must say I simply love the way it has been set up. It is a bright, engaging, and helpful dictionary.
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Book of the Day: Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language. I love it! Get it here: http://amzn.to/1Ok7aI6 (afflink)
Posted by Line Upon Line Learning on Thursday, January 14, 2016
I decided to start my son on a formal spelling program this year (his K4 year). Although Raisin is quite young, he is constantly asking me “how do I spell _____?” so he can write notes or type on the computer. (I opened a private blog for him to post his pictures and thoughts.) He loves the power of words, and since he’s reading at a third- or fourth- grade level now, he naturally wants to progress to writing his own thoughts down.
For his spelling “curriculum,” I decided to go for the multiple interactions that come from All About Spelling. This relies on learning the phonograms of English with physical magnetic tiles to manipulate and flash cards with which to practice. Because handwriting is so very difficult for him (he is deadly slow in writing his letters, but he forms them correctly), I decided to dispense with the handwriting component. So far, he’s progressing well. We practice a few words a day, spelling with the tiles. He also sometimes spells things to me orally, or he takes a “quiz” on a spelling app I downloaded to my tablet. In general, it’s working very well for him.
All that said, the curriculum I spied that I really wanted for its prettiness factor wasLogic of English The Logic of English. This program presents the main rules of spelling quickly and thereby arms people with the ability to spell just about anything. The curriculum is new and is currently geared for older kids who need a crash course in spelling, although levels for younger kids are coming in the future. I did not feel it would be a good fit for my son (and the price was not right), but I did manage to snag a copy of the book that started Ms Denise Eide’s homeschool curriculum: Uncovering the Logic of English.
Although Uncovering the Logic of English is a slim book, Ms Eide manages to convince me that I too can learn to spell. I don’t have many memories of spelling tests in school, but I have always felt like spelling is one of those annoyingly random things about English. Spelling is one of the reasons I always prefer typing something to hand writing it: where would I be without spell check?
In less than 200 pages, Ms Eide discusses the building blocks of words (consonants, vowels, and syllables) as well as the basic rules over each of those. The other rules (silent e, suffixes, plurals, etc.) all seem so easy and so practical. I’ve found myself noticing the words I type and read more carefully. Continue Reading
As a mother just beginning the journey of elementary level home education, I have been busy searching the web and my library for free resources to aid me as I teach my young son. When I saw Free Resources for Elementary Teachers by Colleen Kessler (2012, Prufrock Press) on the Library Thing Early Reviewer list, I thought I’d put my name down for it. I was delighted to receive it!
Ms Kessler’s book is an annotated list of websites that provide free lesson plans, worksheets, online games, posters or materials, and so forth for teachers of elementary-aged children. In a sense, it’s something any web-savvy educator would be able to compile. And yet, the bottom line is that now I do not need to! I have enjoyed browsing through the book, marking the sites I need to return to. There are lots of free resources on the web to explore!
A few gripes I have are probably ones to be expected because we all have different preferences. For example, a few sites Ms Kessler really enjoys are ones I’ve already found and not been impressed with. Some others require accounts in order to download the worksheets or lesson plans. Others provide subscription services for a fee, with only a small fraction of resources available for free. And then some of her links are insanely long gobbleygook: I’m not about to type in 100 characters to get to a website.
Further, I do think Free Resources could be a bit better formatted. Because it’s annotated paragraphs, it’s a lot of text on the page. I don’t want to have to read every paragraph when I’m looking for “what was that one site that did this or that?” But owning the book means I can make plenty of notes in the margins for my own reference.
These are somewhat minor complaints for me. I can’t expect one book to have everything that I love. In general, I think Free Resources will be a great help for me as I get started in my homeschooling journey.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.