The Grammar Game: Making Learning Fun

Grammar game time can help students enjoy learning grammar concepts they will use throughout their journey to be educated. Short grammar games can help students master grammar concepts during the summer while they are having fun.

Parents, when students, whether they are Dyslexic, ADD, ADHD, struggling, or average students are having fun learning they typically are absorbing more information at faster rates.

When children become active learners, they also become more excited about learning. A fun way to teach and reinforce grammar concepts is by playing the following grammar game a few minutes several times a week.

“Name It” Game Makes Nouns Fun

Pick two or three objects such as a soft ball, spring flower or objects you or your child chooses. Next, you need a small white board and erasable markers. If you do not have a white board plain paper, and a washable marker is fine.

Ask your child to look at each of the items one by one. As your child studies each item ask them, the name of the item and write the name of the item on the white board. Then write the word noun after the name of the item. Next, ask your child to tell you three describing words about the item. Allow only one describing word to describe the color of the object.

Then write the three describing words under the name of the item on the white board. Label the three describing words adjectives.

Adjectives and Verbs

If your child wishes to name more describing words, you can make another game out of how many adjectives they can come up with to describe the object.

Next, ask your child to name two or three uses for the objects you are describing. As an example of this, if your child is describing a soft ball, three uses can be throwing, catching and hitting. Label the two or three uses for the object as verbs.

Adverbs and Prepositions, Too

In a few minutes, your child can practice nouns, adjectives and verbs. As your child masters nouns, adjectives and verbs then add adverbs to the game. Ask the child to name three adverbs that modify the verbs and in some cases adjectives and clauses. Remind the child adverbs describe the verb’s action.

Next, teach prepositions such as: in, on, over, about, above, across, after, around, for, past by helping the child list several of them that apply to the nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs they have on their white board.

Children who are Dyslexic, ADD, ADHD, struggling or average students usually really enjoy learning grammar when they play grammar games.

Published on: May 09, 2013
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Barbara Dianis, MA ED, overcame dyslexia in her own life using self-taught strategies and techniques. As CEO and Founder of Dianis Educational Systems she has influenced society to view students with various learning issues as capable students who can overcome their learning issues if they are taught properly. She is the author of Don't Count Me Out!.

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