Grammaropolis

This series will liven up your grammar studies! Written by a former 7th grade teacher, this animated series teaches grammar using the power of story. Taking on a personality of their own, each part of speech is characterized by their roles in a sentence, providing children a more effective way to visualize and take ownership of the roles of words in a sentence. Flexible to meet your homeschool needs, this unique series offers various learning strategies, in print and web-based formats. These components are independent of one another, although dovetail nicely for mastery of grammar. Well-written readers introduce and teach the parts of speech. The beauty and benefit of this series is found in the character development. From Nelson the Noun, who determines more help is needed for naming people, places, and things, to the bossy Benny the Adverb, who tells verbs how or where to go and to what extent. Along the way we also meet Roger the Pronoun, a shady character who's always trying to trick Nelson the noun into giving up his spot; Izzy the Interjection who lives to express emotions and several others. More than just the adorable storyline, children are also introduced to more advanced grammar topics. For example, in the Nelson the Noun story, children learn the basic definition of a noun, the difference between a common and proper noun, concrete nouns, abstract nouns, compound nouns and collective nouns. Brightly illustrated, softcover readers are available separately or as a complete series package. 32 pgs.

Supplemental workbooks are adapted from the (optional) online content. Used independently, they are a perfect supplement to your current curriculum or as a complement to the Readers. Using the cute characters found in the Readers, grade level workbooks provide an overview of each of the eight parts of speech, practice exercises, quizzes, and related writing exercises. For example: In grade 5, write a short story without using any pronouns. Also available are topical workbooks for grades 3-5 covering punctuation and sentence writing. Black and white workbooks are reproducible for classroom use. 63 pages.

I would be amiss to not mention the online resources. Free online video clips abound on YouTube®. Digital online access to animated music videos, illustrated books, quizzes and more are available from Grammaropolis.com. As previously mentioned, the components are complementary, and effective independent of one another. Grammaropolis provides an excellent foundation in grammar for elementary students, as well as a non-tedious review for mastery approach to older struggling students. But stay sharp parents and teachers, children may begin to correct your grammar! This is mastery and application at its finest level! ~Deanne

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