Friday, December 24, 2010

merry christmas

Monday, December 20, 2010

lessons two and three

School is in session! I am currently hosting a series on Grammar 101 - a refresher course! You are sure to learn something...I did!

GRAMMER 101: Lesson 2 - Copy Cat "G"

"G" usually copies "j" when it is followed by "e", "i", or "y".

gem      gentle      ginger

gym      page       edge

GRAMMER 101: Lesson 3 - Copy Cat "S"

"S" copies "z" when it is surrounded by vowels or at the end of a word, except after "f", "k", "o", or "t".

nose      rise      caves

sags      cabs      rose

fuse      use       hose

plays    pledges

Next Lesson: The Untouchables

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the first lesson.

School is in session!  I am currently hosting a series on Grammar 101 - a refresher course!  You are sure to learn something...I did! 

Every grammar lesson has a basic foundation.  I think it's safe to say that if you are reading this, you have a pretty solid foundation :) but here is a little refresher:

Sixteen letters make only ONE sound.
  • b, d, f, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, t, v, x, z. 
Ten letters make more than one sounds.
  • Five vowels - a, e, i, o, u
  • Three copy cats - c, g, s
  • Two sometimes vowels - y, w

GRAMMAR 101: Lesson 1 - Copy Cat "c"

The sound of the letter "c" copies "k" or "s".  It copies "s" when the letter after it is "e", "i", or "y".

Here are a few examples:

cent          city          cycle

faces        dance       glance

ice           chance      lace

race         cell          cinder

Next Lesson: Copy Cat "G"

Did you learn something in today's lesson?  Buzz with your partner and share what you learned :) 

Monday, December 13, 2010

class has been postponed.

Grammar 101 can not begin until I start remembering to bring my "cheat folder" home.  So, class is postponed until tomorrow.  Aren't I the best teacher?


Monday, December 6, 2010

Grammar 101

How smart are you when it comes to grammar rules?  Do you remember all those little grammer clutches you learned in elementary school like:

"i before e except after c"

That's pretty much the only one that ever stuck with me.  Until now. 

Teaching Kindergarten doesn't require you to know and teach a lot of grammar rules...or so I thought.  Kindergarten is the new first grade.  Lucky for me I teach with Mrs. Lisko, a teacher who has taught for umpteen hundred years.  She's such a gem and knows grammar like the back of her hand!  I was given her grammar rule book and I have been so impressed that I feel like I have no choice, but to share with you. 

"GRAMMAR 101" is coming to a blog near you. 

Stay tuned for Lesson #1. 

Sit back, relax, and better your education without moving off your couch!


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