It’s been awhile since I have posted anything about our homeschool journey. I’ll be honest when I tell you that the first year has been more than overwhelming. My so-called plan went out the window, and 3 or 4 more plans have followed that one. If I had one piece of advice for a new homeschool parent, it would be to take your time and give yourself the grace and time to see what works and what doesn’t. With my son’s dyslexia, our focus was getting him to read with a structured, Orton Gillingham based reading program. Wilson Language has been a miracle for us and we are now reading well. While we will continue with this program, we added Classical Conversations in the fall. I was skeptical if it would be a good fit. I am happy to report that it is!
Now that I know that this program is for us, I have started supplementing our lessons with Orton Gillingham based, multi-sensory activities that will help my son to retain the information. I have been trying to think of something that would work for him in grammar. With his dyslexia, it is such a struggle for him to grasp it. I finally came up with these 3 activities. You can download this for free on CC Connected if you are in Classical Conversations or get it here: Multisensory-Grammar-Work-Wk15.
Page 1 is a reference sheet.
I print it in color, and we can look at it for review. The pictures help with word picture association. Since “to” is part of infinitives, I used a generic Buzz Lightyear to demonstrate the infinitive that uses “to” in front of it. Since Buzz’s tagline is “to infinity and beyond”, I went with “to infinitive and beyond”. The rest of the clip art is self-explanatory.
Page 2 is a mix and match sheet.
You simply cut these out, mix them up and match them. This gives the child a chance to review the concepts. You can also use these on a timeline on the floor. I’ll make a timeline with painters tape and put the present (presents) tense in the middle, the covered wagons (past) to the left and the infinitive (Buzz) to the right. We walk the timeline putting the grammar cards in the appropriate place.
Page 3 is a cut, paste, and write sheet.
You simply cut out the words at the bottom and match them up. The child can then write the word in the blank. Since my son also has dysgraphia, this activity limits his handwriting while still learning the concepts.
Author: Betsy Ramirez
Betsy is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, homeschool mom, & fairy tale junkie, who loves getting crafty. Being on my bike and lifting weights are my therapy. Thinking outside the box is my jam!