Study Of Adjectives
I had some fun with some 'real-life' grammar application a few days ago with one of the munchkins (and no, I don't mean this particular incident :) )
Miss Priss has been working on the noun family - Article, Adjective, Noun - and we played a little game the other day to get some practice seeing them in order, and concretely.
I would write a 'secret message' on a slip of paper, fold it, and hand it to her. She had to read it quietly (or get help from a big brother or sister if it was a new word) and go find exactly what I wrote, and bring it back.
Then, she labeled the phrase with our printable grammar symbols.
We did this 8 or 9 times, and I tried to make sure that I reinforced the rules of singular/plural articles indirectly throughout our 'game', sometimes giving her nouns that I knew we only had one of in the house. I also was specific in the adjective, such as: RED plate, SMALL brush, PURPLE binder.
(Please ignore the fact that I am fairly certain she grabbed that fork from the sink!!!)
This one was by far the hardest for her to figure out, and she thought it quite hilarious when she finally discovered what I was asking for.
When she was finished, she recorded each phrase in her binder where she keeps all her language and grammar work. I am going to make a template for labeling words with the correct grammar symbols, but for the time being, I showed her how to make three columns, heading each one with the correct part of speech name.
She loved the game, and has already asked to play it again. I love seeing her enjoy work - she likes things to be new and exciting, and I try my best to keep up with that when I can.