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You’re Never Too Old

Sometimes I forget how older kids, say 6-12th graders, still need to study things like homophones or antonyms. I guess I tend to think those skills are just for the younger kids. Well, they are NOT just for the younger kids. Older kids still have problems with homophones especially.Some examples of harder homophones are things like: boar, bore; allowed, aloud; ware, wear; complement, compliment; meddle, medal…

                             

Are you on Facebook? Do you have kids who are “friends”? Have you ever noticed a problem with homophones when they make a post? I know I have. Spelling is also another big problem. I have to say though, it is not just kids making these mistakes. Do you like to look at Craigslist? My husband and I love to look at Craigslist. We get tickled all the time at the ads folks place. I guess they don’t have any tools to check for correct spelling or grammar. Some are outright hilarious. One of my favorite mistakes that I see quite often is “chester drawers” for “chest of drawers”.

               

I think you can use Craigslist as a fun online teaching tool. Have your older kids sit with you as you look at various ads together. Let them spot mistakes and tell you how they should be written. You will see mistakes such as spelling, punctuation, fragments, improper homophone usage, the wrong name of an item…

Caution:  Make sure you or your kids are NOT drinking milk when you do this learning activity. You would hate to have milk come out of your nose while you are laughing!

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Say again, What did you mean?

                              

Sometimes words that can be used as verbs or nouns are called multiple meaning words. Multiple meaning words (including homophones) can have more than one use or definition, and the intended use must be conveyed by the context, the other words in the sentence or paragraph. You might enjoy this Between the Lions video clip about the multiple meanings of “cool”.

                                                  

Consider the following: 

  • I took my shower before the shower began this morning.
  • I hope you fare well at the fair today.
  • The weather was fair at the fair this week.
  • I read a funny story in my red book.
  • The news was flooded with stories about the flood in our town.
  • Did he mean I shouldn’t pet mean dogs?
  • Did you hear the radio in here?
  • I did not know you meant no.

I think you might agree that understanding multiple meaning words is very important. It helps kids on state standardized tests and helps them understand meanings conveyed in sentences. So, make sure the kiddos put on their thinking cap when reading!

                                 

 

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Tangled in H’s

The two kids want to go too! Please don’t desert me in the desert. They charge a fair price for popcorn at the fair. Do you ever get tangled up in homonyms, homophones, or homographs? It is very easy to do. Homonyms, homophones and homographs are words that are easily confused because they look alike or sound alike (or both) but have different meanings. An easy way to prevent the tangled mess you might make of them is to learn great tips that help you remember what each one is and does. Take time to memorize them and you won’t get tangled up again! Practice by playing online elementary games that focus on the skills you need to learn. If you are having trouble with homonyms or homographs, silent e, rhyming words… then seek out free online learning games that will help you sharpen your skills while having fun at the same time.

 

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