Aboard, about, above. Along, among, around….
Whether your kids sing them, recite them, chant them, rap them, or write them…prepositions are important.
I learned them in chant-like form when I was in school. However, I never knew WHY I needed to learn them.
My newest downloadable product will teach kids prepositions—in a way that focuses on the WHY, that is, what prepositions really do!
Our kids (and we!) need to learn prepositions for a few important reasons:
(1) They are the beginning of prepositional phrases
(2) Prepositional phrases can be mentally eliminated from a sentence in order to get to the bare bones of the sentence…since the sentence’s main subject and main verb are not usually found in prepositional phrases
(3) Prepositional phrases are good to use as openers—especially lengthy ones—as they vary sentence structure and rhythm.
I’m all about songs, jingles, rhymes, recitation, and mnemonics for learning parts of speech (and really anything).
However, when prepositions are learned in songs or recitations, the real reasons for prepositions are overlooked. (Not to mention that they learn about thirty of the over two hundred prepositions….not enough memorized preps to adequately recognize them in sentences and use them for sentence openers!)
That is, students can chant a long list of words, but they do not know how to use them.
Enter my Preposition Practice Packet! I use tricks. I use check sentences. I even use toys (“Preposition Practice Pals”!) to teach prepositions (and practice them).
But all of the methods within this Preposition Practice Packet have one thing in common: they focus on the PURPOSE of the preposition—to show spatial relationships or time.
This 80 page practice packet has fifteen lessons (with student assignments) introducing prepositions in a systematic order: initial letter, with the practice pal, as opposites, as synonyms, as compound words, and more.
When you use this packet, your student will learn prepositions by the boatload—but they will also learn them for their purpose.
Note: If you like the Preposition Practice Packet, you will love the Think Fast Grammar Quiz and Answer Key!
Watch the video for this packet here.
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