There’s no doubt that mastering grammar rules can be tricky, even for us adults! It’s important for kids to get a handle on grammar, particularly because all year 6 children are now required to take a spelling, punctuation and grammar test. But learning grammar doesn’t have to be a drag! We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks so you can help your child become a grammar whizz.
We are obliged to warn you though, some of these tips do encourage you to make a total fool of yourself. Enjoy!
Where to start?
First of all, you’ll need to figure out what kind of grammar rules your child needs to learn. This is age-dependent so check out the current curriculum which explains which grammatical concepts should be taught at what age.
Once you’ve got that figured out, you’re ready to get learning!
👉 Tip #1 Make it FUN
It’s highly likely that when you approach your child and ask them if they want to learn English grammar, they will respond with a huge sigh. It’s totally normal that your child has a disdain for learning grammar, which is why it’s all the more important to make it fun! 😆
Grammar and fun? Seems like an odd pairing, right? Although the idea of studying grammar doesn’t immediately sound like a barrel of laughs, there are ways that your child can have a good time while learning. 📓
A great way to get your child giggling is to act completely ridiculous in front of them. Why not use this technique to help them memorise grammar rules? Try making up a silly song, rap, rhyme, or even riddle, to help them learn. Are they struggling to remember the differences between nouns, verbs, and adjectives? Work together to create something fun that will help them remember. Something a little like this… 🎶
There once was a noun and Norbert was his name
Adjective Andy described him as a real pain
And his verb friend Vera was always doing the same
Not bad, huh? All the important information is in there. Yes, it’s ridiculous, but it will help your child remember. We highly encourage you to compose your own grammar rhyme or riddle. The sillier, the better! 🤡
👉 Tip #2 Get creative
If your child is more of a visual learner, take advantage of flashcards, stickers, and sticky notes. Never underestimate the power of a highlighter. ✍️
Try reading through a text with your child and use colour coding to highlight specific parts. Go through and try highlighting all of the conjunctions in yellow, all of the prepositions in pink, and the adverbs in green.
Consistency is key. Encourage your child to use the same colour coding system throughout their learning. This way, they’ll be able to visualise the colour in their head when it comes to identifying parts of a speech. 💬
Another great visual trick is using stickers. Your child will have fun using stickers for full stops or creating a colour coding system using different stickers instead of highlighters.
👉 Tip #3 Make time to PLAY
Kids respond well when they’re having fun. There are lots of games you can play to make the learning process more enjoyable. 😜
Some of our favourites include:
- Word association. An oldie but a goodie. Pick a category, such as pronouns or synonyms, and take it in turns with your child to come up with a word that fits the category. Make it more fun by speeding up as you go. 📋
- Silly sentence game. Create a list of different verbs, subjects, adjectives, conjunctions, etc. and encourage your child to make up the silliest sentence possible. This will help them understand the different word categories while they laugh their socks off. 🗯️
- Sentence jumble. Write out some jumbled sentences on a piece of paper or on flashcards, and ask your child to put them in the correct order. This can also encourage a lot of laughs, especially if you make sure that the sentence starts off as nonsensical as possible. 📒
👉 Tip #4 Take advantage of online resources
In case you need a little break from all those grammar raps you’ve been busy composing, check out some online learning resources. Experts from the BBC, British Council, and The School Run all have tons of material online to help your child with their grammar learning.
These materials are created by grammar pros so if you’re struggling to explain something or have exhausted your creative energy, don’t be afraid to check out what’s online. 💻
Look out for fun worksheets, games, and quizzes online. It’s no secret that kids love computer games. These great online resources provide another way for your child to have fun while they learn.
👉 Tip #5 Be able to walk the walk
Before you start helping your child learn grammar, it might be an idea to brush up on the rules yourself. Maybe you’re a grammar lover and remember all the rules with pride. If that’s the case then great! But if you ever find yourself forgetting the difference between an adjective and an adverb, it’s probably worth refreshing your memory a little. 🤔
You’ll be able to help your child with their learning if you truly know what you’re talking about. Plus, you’ll be able to empathise with them as you come to remember that some of this stuff actually is quite tricky.
So there you have it! Some top tips to make grammar learning fun. Be patient with your child and try to make their learning experience as enjoyable as possible. If they’re struggling, why not book a trial lesson with one of our experienced tutors at GoStudent? They’ll thank you for it later. Highlighters and rap skills at the ready! 🎨