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!
AND with the fun story line of the beloved Beauty and the Beast characters.
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, This concept is imperative for subject-verb agreement solutions.
(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). (My books are full of them—FANBOYS for coordinating conjunctions; Be, a Helper, Link Verbs song; Preposition Check Sentences; Subordinate Clause Opener rhyme; and much more!)
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 Beauty and the Beast Preposition Practice!
I use tricks. I use check sentences. I even use toys—a character from the book/movie AND a large castle—to teach prepositions (and practice them).
Students can use either the black and white “toys” or the colored ones (a large castle and six beloved characters from Beauty and the Beast). Consider how much faster it will be for your kids to learn prepositions with these learning tools:
Beast ran _______________ the castle.
1. aboard – Beast ran aboard the castle.
2. about – Beast ran about the castle.
3. above – Beast ran above the castle.
4. across – Beast ran across the castle.
5. across from – Beast ran across from the castle.
6. behind the castle – Beast ran behind the castle.
7. below the castle – Beast ran below the castle.
8. beneath the castle – Beast ran beneath the castle.
9. beside the castle – Beast ran beside the castle.
10. by the castle – Beast ran by the castle.
But all of the methods within this Beauty and the Beast Preposition Practice have one thing in common: they focus on the PURPOSE of the preposition—to show spatial relationships or time.
This 100+ page downloadable book has eighteen lessons (with student assignments) introducing prepositions in a systematic order: initial letter, with the castle and characters, as opposites, as synonyms, as compound words, with time, and more.
This book also has a jam-packed Appendix section:
Appendix A: Colored and Black and White Beauty and the Beast Pictures to Use for
Student’s Preposition Practice
Appendix B: Think Fast Quiz Preposition Practice for Beginning and
Appendix C: Think Fast Quiz Preposition Practice for Advanced Students
Appendix D: Complete Preposition Lists in Categories and in Total (over ten pages of preposition lists!)
When you use this packet, your student will learn prepositions by the boatload—but they will also learn them for their purpose—and have fun as they do!
Note: If you like the Beauty and the Beast Preposition Practice, you will love the complete Think Fast Grammar Quiz and Answer Key!