It's good to know I'm not the only person who doesn't think kids need to be drilled on the parts of speech.
Apparently even English teachers agree. As I mention in my article Teaching Grammar, educators Constance Weaver, Carol McNally, and Sharon Moerman argue in favor of "drawing upon literature for models of effective sentences and paragraphs, while incorporating only the most useful grammatical concepts (and even less terminology) into our teaching of writing."
Like them, I prefer to teach grammar in the context of well-written literature. My article includes some tips and resources I found helpful with my own kids. It's the follow-up to my piece outlining ways to make writing enjoyable.
Do your kids write well, or could they (and you) use more help? Send me your tips and questions, and I'll include them in future articles!
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