With school just around the corner, school lists are posted and back to school shopping is in full swing! Are your children ready for the start of the school year? Did you do anything to combat the dreaded “summer learning loss” with your kids this summer?
Today I have something a little different to share with all my fellow parents or educators of elementary school aged kids. I am teaming up Education.com to feature one of their learning activities to try out with the little people in your life…
What is Education.com?
With 10 million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the #1 education site for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to digital learning games to everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom.
Want to help your child recognize the recipe for a successful sentence? Here’s a fun activity to get your child thinking about how sentences work. Plus, he’ll create a truly crazy story that can become a fantastic tool with which to improve his reading!
What You Need:
- Index Cards
- Two shoeboxes, or large envelopes
- Construction paper
What You Do:
Does your child know what a noun is? A verb? If he scratches his head when you ask him, remind your child that a noun is a person, place, or thing. And a verb is usually used to show action, for example “runs” or “plays”. Invite your child to brainstorm with you. Come up with 10 nouns and ten verbs, and write each one on its own index card.
Now it’s time for the fun stuff! Explain to your child that you’re going to use these cards to write a mixed up story. Place the noun cards in one shoebox (or envelope) and the verb cards in the other. Sit your child down with the pad of paper, and have him pick five of the noun cards and five of the verbs. Lay them out on the table so he can easily move them around.
Time to write! Using the cards, ask your child to start writing a story. Explain that nouns and verbs are the key ingredients in sentences, and that he’ll use them now to create his own mixed up story. He can pick any noun card he’d like, and any verb card and put them together for each sentence of his story. Did the “giraffe” “throw” something? Did the “teacher” “sing?” It’s all up to him! As he comes up with each sentence, have him write it on a piece of construction paper.
Once the whole mixed up story is written, your child can illustrate it if he’d like. He can bind it, too! Then, he’ll have a special story of his own to read at home and to show off to family and friends. Sure, this story is silly, but it’s a fun way to take a dry topic, nouns and verbs, and make it a little more fun.
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If you are a parent or educator of elementary aged children, I highly encourage you to visit Education.com & take advantage of all the amazing learning resources they offer!