Making learning fun is one of our biggest goals with homeschooling Monkey and Booger. When I first heard about English on a Roll, I was intrigued. After watching this video of students using the cubes, I was even more excited to try the English Grammar Teaching Method with Monkey.
The English Grammar Teaching Method comes with 40 manipulatives in a hard case and an instruction manual/teacher’s guide. English on a Roll uses a multi-sensory approach to teach basic grammar in a fun way! The manual includes 37 lessons that are written for classroom instruction, but can easily be adapted for use with one student. The recommended age is 5 – adult and each set of cubes can be used with groups of up to 6 students.
The set includes 38 color coded word cubes and 2 blank cubes that allow you to customize your student’s learning. The cubes are color coded according to the parts of speech, pronouns are blue, verbs are red, nouns are dark blue, etc.
How We Used English Grammar Teaching Method
The lessons require very little prep work, especially when used in a home environment with only a couple students. Just open the manual pull out the cubes that you will need for the lesson (which are clearly listed at the beginning of the lesson in the teacher’s notes section) and go! If you are teaching a larger group, there are also pages you can copy as worksheets and/or transparencies. Since Monkey isn’t reading or writing independently yet, rather than copying the worksheet pages out of the manual (the copyright allows for reproducing pages for your home/classroom), we sat together with the book and he provided the answers both orally and by manipulating the cubes to create the answers.
Because we were introducing new words for Monkey to read as well as new vocabulary terms, we needed to repeat each lesson a few times before moving on to the next. The first time through, we would focus on being able to read the words on the cubes we were using. The first lesson only uses one cube, and because the lessons get progressively more complex, more cubes are added as you go.
The next time, we would complete the worksheet together. I would read the prompt and show Monkey the different possible answers on the cube, helping him read the words he wasn’t able to read. He would then find the answer on the cube and read it aloud.
The third time through, we would use the cubes for a game, where he would roll one cube and then match the remaining cubes to create a grammatically correct sentence based off the “rolled” word.
Both boys enjoyed using the cubes to make silly sentences Booger would just line a few up and then ask me to read it, but Monkey was able to utilize the color coding and the words he could read to come up with some “real” sentences.
English on a Roll has been a great supplement to our normal language arts curriculum! Although we are moving slowly and repeating the lessons multiple times, it remains fun and Monkey is catching on to the new grammar terms (the color coding really helps!). This is definitely one of those learning tools that will be pulled out again and again!
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