Grammar can be a difficult thing to wrap your head around. Sure, we use it every day without even thinking about it, but that might be just the reason it can seem so foreign to take it apart. Like dissecting the elements of movement or breathing, it requires tools and techniques to reveal its structure. Getting to know how to use those tools is the first step to understanding how things work.
Tools are my everyday armor. No matter the situation, as long as I have a few tools in my toolbox, I know I’ll be ok. Sometimes that literally means a hammer and a saw, and sometimes that means patience, curiosity, or a willingness to look at something from a different perspective.
Every person has a different way of seeing things, and that natural perspective will make it easier or harder to understand different subjects. In my own life, I had to learn what my strengths were and how to translate them into areas where I had weaknesses, a process that I could not have moved through without the help of some pretty amazing teachers. You see for me, the world is not made of lines, it’s made of shapes. I understand things in blocks instead of dots, as groupings instead of individual components. A very wise art teacher helped me to understand this when I was younger and it has forever changed the way I approach learning and exploring. That teacher gave me a tool. . .
. . . to unlock nearly every situation and subject. She helped me understand that there was no ‘right’ way to approach a problem and that any way in, was a good way. . . aren’t teachers fantastic?
The same concept applies to learning grammar. There is no ‘right’ way, just your way, and finding your way can be fun. It can even be a game. . .
Materials (suggestions, but really anything you have on hand will work):
Do the activities from the “With the Kids” section below to determine the elements you’ll need for your game.
Once you know which components you’ll need, cut shapes out of cardboard, type tags on the typewriter, make wire sculptures, play Mad Libs, write a play. . . but most importantly, have fun!
With the Kids:
*Last time in Crafts and Activities: Back to School Crests and Patches
If you can't already tell, we are pretty big on the whole idea of books, and reading, and writing...
... and words, beautiful, insightful, powerful, words.
For us, two words in particular have forever changed our lives for the better...
... they aren't in alphabetical order...
... but they are dear to us all the same.
Words give us the power to voice to our dreams, and in doing so, to turn that voice into action. In that spirit, we are starting a new tradition this year, one we are pretty darn excited about, and hope to continue for many years to come!
We are giving away a powerful tool for good in this beautiful world we live in, a Dictionary! And not just any old dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Ten years in the making, this wonder-filled, hardcover uber-book is comprised of 2084 pages of glorious words, definitions, phrases and over 4,000 color photographs to accompany them. Measuring in at 11.25" tall, 9" long, 2.5"thick, and weighing in at just over 8lbs, this dictionary is one you'll cherish and use for generations to come.
To enter to win a copy of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, simply leave a comment on this post by 8am MST Thursday September 11th. The winner will be chosen by random number and announced later that day.
And the winner (chosen by random number) is Alicia who said:
"Great and valuable resource, would love to have!"
Thanks for participating Everyone!
*Last time in Books and Stories: Handmade Gatherings: A Winner!
September is here and school is in session! Time for the annual hunt for new brown bag lunch and after school snack recipes. Here's a list of a few of our favorites from our kitchen and beyond:
Brown Bag Beauties:
Happy packing and snacking!