I have been as sick as a dog–sick as a dawwwwg– for the past few days, but today I had a little spring in my step because it was National Grammar Day.
And this old gal, though she may have strep and she may have spend the last few days in bed, sure does love her grammar.
But what I realized is that my kids do not.
My kids don’t even have the opportunities we had–way back when–to hunt down misplaced modifiers or to diagram sentences.
They’re too busy learning other super-important big stuff, analyzing poems for author’s voice and decomposing numbers and then composing them back up again like little magicians.
So what I decided was that, because our Word-A-Day Cards went over so well, why not get a little grammar-happy with something similar? Could I create Grammar Sharks out of my kids, just by hitting them with a little dose o’ grammar at breakfast time?
I am going to try!
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Turn Your Kids into Grammar Sharks–National Grammar Day:
First of all, what’s a ‘Grammar Shark’?
A Grammar Shark is a person who in the blink of an eye can spot the misspelling on the restaurant menu.
A Grammar Shark is a person who has to bite her tongue in order hold back a
‘OhmygoshwillyouPLEASEstopsaying’feelbadly’whenitreallyshouldbe’feelbad’??!! or a ‘Sohelpmeifhesays’awholenotherstory’onemoretimeIamgoingtolosemymind!!!’ so as not to lose friends on a daily basis.
A Grammar Shark is a person who can clean up a misplaced modifier in no time flat, who knows the difference between who and whom and who likes to talk about the 7 Comma Rules.
Really, there aren’t many of us out there, and I’m not planning on brainwashing my kids into becoming hard-core grammarians. I will, however, do my best to make sure that they move through life knowing the basics of our English grammar.
I am hoping that by capitalizing on that precious mealtime that they will read not only the cereal boxes and the Kids Post but also my teeny, tiny little Grammar Shark Cards.
I’ve included a ton of grammar hang-ups that everyone should know, including the ever-challenging:
- to vs too vs two;
- a lot vs alot;
- they’re vs there vs their;
- who vs whom;
- are vs our. . .
And some cards have little ?’s — questions to ponder. Not all, but some.
All I did was print the grammar shark cards cards onto brightly colored cardstock (because grammar is FUN! and BRIGHT! and EXCITING!), punch a hole in one corner and throw a ring clip to keep them secure.
I’ll chest bump ‘ya–from one mama who’s trying to another!
And that’s it. We keep our Grammar Shark Cards on the snack bar open to one card a day. Slowly but surely, we’re creating Grammar Sharks over here. Slowly but surely.
Do you have a grammar hang-up or pet peeve? Let me know!
If it’s not currently on the Grammar Shark Cards, I’ll make sure it’s on the next batch. And happy National Grammar Day, my friends!