The Carnival of Education is back at its starting point, The Ed Wonks.
NYC Educator posts the teaching grammar, which has been out of fashion since she started teaching 22 years ago. He doubts kids will pick up grammar from reading if they don’t read much.
As an ESL teacher, I insist on teaching grammar. There is simply no way kids will learn to write acceptably without knowing and practicing the rules.
Graycie at Today’s Homework has more.
It doesn’t do any good to tell little Johnny to break up his run-on sentences if he doesn’t know what a good sentence is. Sarah Jane will never be able to use commas correctly if she doesn’t know what they’re for. The language of discussing writing is grammar.
I don’t believe that it has to be dry, boring, or confusing. It is possible to teach (and learn!) simple grammar so that students can write properly and clearly to say what they mean in a way that lets their readers understand their thoughts.
Apollos Academy hosts this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling.