Tuesday (?) I gave the boys the second presentation for "the verb" in Montessori Grammar. It helped them understand the function of the verb, the correct order of words in commands, and the relationship of the verb to the noun family.
Following the instructions in the Montessori R&D album, I wrote the command "Open the door" on a slip of paper. Me Too performed the command and Kal-El put the wooden grammar symbols above each word.
Me Too cut the words apart and the boys worked together to transpose the words into all the possibilities. We talked about which ones made sense, which didn't, and which ones made sense but changed the function of individual words. Here are a couple of their transpositions:
We repeated the process two more times, each child wrote one of the phrases. Kal-El wrote, "The yellow goldfish swims." Here is a picture of Me Too's:
He was watching the maple tree in our front yard blow in the wind when he wrote it. The leaves are yellow right now.
Afterward, they wrote sentences on our grammar paper, labeled the words with the grammar symbol stencil and colored pencils, and stowed the work in their language binders. Me Too wrote "The last ninja flies." That kid's sentences are just crying out for prepositional phrases. It's a good thing those are next.
In the interest of recording the days work, commands, they really should have written commands for their binders. I guess I wasn't specific enough. Oh well, there's always next time.
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