First of all, check out Kal-El's hand on Me Too's back while Me Too puts the grammar symbols on his noun family. Priceless! I'm so glad we have this time together.
This week I finally presented the key experience for verbs to the boys. I mostly use the Montessori Research and Development album for grammar because the hand-me-down grammar box materials I have were made from those albums and also because I like how specific and step-by-step the follow-up work is. I do, however, tend to prefer the key experiences for each part of speech from the Cultivating Dharma language album. The activities from today's lesson are all from the CD album. I followed his presentation pretty much to the letter.
I started by providing the boys with three objects and they came up with their own noun families for each of the objects. They created:
- the brown bear
- the small baby
- the stinky sock
I wrote each of the noun families on a strip of paper and then the boys identified the parts of speech and labelled them with wooden symbols from the grammar box.
Next, the boys opened up little mystery words written on folded slips of paper. The boys took turns choosing a slip of paper and acting out the word.
Can you guess what word Kal-El chose?
I then asked them to: "point to the brown bear," "point to the stinky sock," "point to the small baby." They did those things successfully so I then asked them to: "point to hop," "point to kick," "point to run." We discovered that you can point to nouns but you can't point to actions. You perform the action and then it is gone. They learned that "a verb is a word that shows action."
I suggested that the boys add a verb to each of their phrases. We noticed that their phrases were now sentences so we changed the first letter to a capital letter and added a period at the end. They ARE BOYS so we wound up with both a violent sentence and a gross one:
- The brown bear kills.
- The small baby cries.
- The stinky sock smells.
I introduced them to the grammar symbol for verbs (the red sphere). We rolled the sphere around the noun pyramid and talked about the energy of the verb and the stability of the noun. We dropped the noun pyramid onto a book and noticed its stability upon landing. We replaced the wooden verb sphere with a red rubber ball and noticed its movement and energy. Then, we labelled our sentences with the appropriate wooden symbols from the grammar box.
We wrapped things up and the boys recorded some work in their language notebooks. I was happy when they chose to write fresh sentences and label them with grammar symbols using their colored pencils and templates rather than copy the sentences we already worked on.
Isn't this different than what you usually think of when you think about learning grammar and analyzing sentences? I can't imagine teaching grammar to boys any other way. Kal-El mentioned several times that "school is a lot of fun" and said that he "loves learning about grammar."
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