Grace Prep School
30750 Montgomery Ave., Nuevo, CA 92567
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Children learn grammar by listening to us speak. Yes, at some point we teach them a few special names, like ‘noun’ and verb’, but for the most part kids absorb grammar. (And the process of listening to a young child pick up some of the finer parts of language is one of the joys of parenting…don’t you just love all the creative, ‘incorrect’ usages they come up with.) The point is, while we may need a few worksheets to perfect picking the verb out of a sentence, that is not where children gain their understanding.
We gain understanding as we ‘hear’ that certain word combinations just don’t sound right. Before children are in school they realize that they shouldn’t yell, “Looked over there!” Young children may not understand that verbs have tense, but they know that sentence is wrong. As time passes children pick up the speaking patterns of those around them. This painless process allow us to transmit the grammar lessons our children need to learn. Add in a year of solid grammar instruction in the later elementary school year and your kids should be prepared for high school work. (more…)