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Alicia64

How do u Make English from the Roots Up Interesting?

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I was so excited about this program and the book arrived and. . . meh. There's good info. in here -- how do I crank up the fun a little? (Not just for them: for me too.)

 

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Alley

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On teachersoayteachers there are interactive notebooks that help with pictures to either color, help with learning the roots, etc. also doing a memory game with the cards as you learn them. Those are two things we've done to help it be a bit more interesting. I wish the book had more activities to do along with it since for kids it isn't too fun!

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Here are some things I do with my coop class, you can make bingo from any roots you are using. I throw out definitions and example words while they are playing. I will explain the example words if they are obscure. The markers are skittles or chocolate chips, and they get to eat a few while playing.

 

http://www.thephonicspage.org/LangLessons/greeklatinroots.html

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My kids like to 'quiz' DH with the new root when he gets home in the evening. It doesn't sound that exciting (to me, anyway!), but apparently trying to stump him is so much fun that they actually ask me weekly for the new root. :)

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I don't know if this necessarily made root study "fun," but we would keep a list of words with each root on the board, adding to it as we each came across examples while reading. I think anything becomes more interesting when it's immediately relevant or found in "the real world." My kids read a lot and tended to come up with at least a handful in the course of a week. If I noticed something in the paper or a book, I'd read the sentence and let the kids find the root word.

It might have helped that, at the beginning, I gave them a dime for each word they found in their reading. They were young, and I wasn't above bribery to get things going. We put the dimes in a jar and when it was (sort of) full, we went to Jamba Juice.  :)

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Very similar thread with lots of ideas and links to resources/other threads from earlier this week: "English from he Roots Up". One of the links is a page on Cynce's Place blog on EftRU, with a clickable link("English From The Roots Up Games & Flashcards Volume 1) that take you to printable pdf pages with a whole list of games and activities you can do with EftRU Enjoy!

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