Okay, so fun doesn’t come to mind when you think of grammar. For most folks grammar topped right up there on the “I’d rather be doing anything else right now except…”list. Soooo, you might want to take a look at these great books. No, they are not work books, not text books, they are not even classified as curriculum. They are simply books about grammar that are fun for kids to read. Hard to believe? I thought so too, but now I own almost all of them. I think there are nine books in the series. They have silly titles like: Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective? or Dearly, Nearly Insincerely: What is an Adverb?, just to name a few.
The author is Brian P. Cleary and here’s a little bit from his bio on his web site:
A frustrated student and reluctant learner, Cleary daydreamed his way from class to class until being introduced to poetry in third grade. Ogden Nash, E. E. Cummings, Lennon & McCartney – even the bawdy musical lyrics in the Marx Brothers’ comedies set him on a course to explore and celebrate the wonder of words. Ironically, he is now found back in the classroom, as he’s shared his love of our rich language with 75,000 students in 34 states.
I cannot tell you how much my children have enjoyed these little books. They pick them up all the time. There is even a book we have around the house about commas. It’s called Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, commas really DO make a difference. A book about commas? I’m not kidding. It’s seriously funny and it lives with the other grammar books on our bookself.
Yes, we have grammar workbooks and have used separate grammar curriculum and they are useful tools for formal grammar teaching, but to be honest, most of the grammar my girls have picked up has come from reading good literature (See my post on writing here) . So why not add to it and sneak in a few fun books on grammar or punctuation? It’s kind of like sneaking the grated carrots into their tomato soup, or zucchini into their cake. It’s good learning, and they wont even know it’s there!