It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Monday, April 8, 2013

Conference 2013: Demystifying Grammar

I am sharing some things I learned from the

 Midwest Great Homeschool Convention .

Presenter: Elizabeth O'Brien  
Session Title: Demystifying Grammar


Elizabeth presented many things for me to think about. Most of these things were new due to the fact that I never have spent time thinking about grammar! The most important being how easy in the span of a generation to lose the skill of diagramming a sentence. That made sense to me because I NEVER diagrammed a sentence until college. Even then, we only worked on it for a week or so. 

Essentially she provided a crash course in grammar. Having just been through 23 weeks of the CC Essentials program, I had learned all of this stuff somewhat recently. Yet, I was glad I was here! In 50 minutes, she clearly reviewed all I had learned.

She spent the time labeling and diagramming this sentence:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (sound familiar?)

That would be intimidating but she went through each of the essential parts of speech and color-coded them from the sentence to the diagram along with her explanation. If you are a visual learner, she will help you!

Here a quick review highlights

  • Every sentence has 2 essential parts no matter how big (Jesus wept v. the Preamble)
  • Nouns and pronouns are ALWAYS on HORIZONTAL LINE
  • Prepositions are complicated because they make you learn about phrases. 

Elizabeth is passionate about grammar and it shows. She has created a line of very affordable grammar curriculum that may be something you want to check out. She has lots and lots of FREE helps, printables, and encouragement on her website. You can also sign up for a FREE weekly email.

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