In establishing our schedule for this summer, we included some time to review important topics. This helps keep the kids from losing information over the summer, keeps us from too many days of boredom, and even helps us sharpen some skills that can use it.
One area that I felt all of my children could benefit to spend some time on concerns parts of speech. Of course, they all have their own areas of strength and difficulty, but this project easily lent itself to a group study.
First, I made up cards with each of the parts of speech:
We spent one day reviewing what each word meant and listing examples. I only expect my third grader to know about half of them, but fifth grader should know six or seven of them, and my seventh grader should know them all.
We played a game naming nouns and then verbs that the kids enjoyed, and it provided us some fun in the midst of review. One person would name a noun (could also be done with any part of speech), then the next person needed to name a noun that started with the last letter of the previous word.
For example, one might say, "ear" and the next "rabbit." Then, on to "tent" and "turtle" and "elbow." Simple and fun, and it got the job done. Inadvertently, this touched on spelling skills as well. :-)
Sometimes they named a word that was not a noun, or that someone thought was not a noun and it gave us some casual opportunities to talk about what is and is not a noun.
Once we had the review day we headed into this:
I simply wrote a sentence on our whiteboard (could easily be done on paper as well), and we identified the subject, verb, and then all of the parts of speech for each word of the sentence. We used the slips of paper set on the rail below each word and then diagrammed the skeleton to reinforce the finding of the subject and verb which all of my kids benefited from.
To keep it relevant to their level, I always started with the youngest and she found the nouns, the next oldest found the adjectives and adverbs, and the oldest found the prepositions and conjunctions.
We took turns a bit so they weren't always doing the same thing, but they were each stretched a bit and kept engaged during this simple exercise.
With just about 15 minutes we kept up on our English, and will continue the habit a few days this coming week as well.
More Thirsty Thursday