To introduce parts of speech, try a story! In this series, a child learns the basics of identifying and using parts of speech. In a clear, straightforward presentation intertwined with storytelling, each book introduces us to two main characters who are learning (often from each other) the different parts of speech: adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, interjections, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs. In each book, these pairs of children ages 8-10 (whose names also start with the same letter as that particular part of speech) have some tasks before them. We learn that task through a note on the first page written from the main character. Then as we engage in the story, the characters discuss aspects of the part of speech. For example, as Paula and Patrick play a game of hide-and seek, Paula helps Patrick understand that Prepositions show location and they need other words to help them do so. Most of the story lines are spurred from classroom situations such as class field trips, teachers giving specific assignments, or Phillip missing days from school as a result of illness. While some of these situations might be unfamiliar to home school students, I think the stories are easily applicable to the home school environment and might also serve as ways to introduce and have discussions about some aspects of brick-and-mortar education.
Usually each two-page spread contains a full-color illustration and then a full page of text. Occasionally, we see the character's written work to help reinforce points. At the book's end, you'll find a summary description of the part of speech with sample sentences, a mini glossary and additional references for further study. You'll also find a writing activity-from creating word lists to writing short stories-to help your student apply what's been learned. A nice series to help students bridge the connection between grammar and use in life. 5.5" x 8.5", 32 pp, sc. ~ Ruth