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By K5 Team
posted Jun 30 2015 - 7:58am

By Laura Payne



Children generally begin learning about coordinating conjunctions in the third grade and learn how to use them to write compound sentences in the fourth grade. The word so is one of the coordinating conjunctions, but it can also be used as a subordinate conjunction. These two different uses of so have different requirements for punctuation which can lead to confusion. You can help your children remember which so is which by reviewing the following information with them.

By K5 Team
posted Jun 1 2015 - 9:30am

By Sheila Welch

Sheila recommends some of her favorite non-fiction books that will help your kids pursue some new hobbies.

why is it springSEEDS, written by Ken Robbins and illustrated with his large, clear photographs explains about seeds in general and about a variety of individual plant seeds. On one page, he shows how an acorn might be Aplanted@ by a forgetful squirrel, and the accompanying photo captures a squirrel=s confused expression. This is an attractive book that will interest toddlers through second graders.

WHY IS IT SPRING? by Sara Latta will help early elementary age kids understand the cycle of seasons caused by the tilt of the Earth as it moves around the sun. The whole book is organized in a question/answer format that is fun to read. The last few pages include an age appropriate experiment called AMy Shadow@ and a bibliography and an index.

By K5 Team
posted May 28 2015 - 9:39am

By Laura Payne

child reading aloudOnce children are able to read and write at a basic level, they take more interest in creating and telling stories, both verbally and through writing. When children tell stories, they learn new language skills that benefit their writing. They learn how to organize events in a story, and they learn about point of view. Even if a child is simply telling a story out loud, he or she is still honing organizational and point of view skills that are crucial to the type of writing high school and college instructors expect.

By K5 Team
posted May 26 2015 - 10:40am

Freelance journalist, Amy Williams, asks how addicted are our young children to electronic devices, and how does this addiction affect their ability to learn? Some of this research may shock you.

Kids using cellphones

By Amy Williams

By K5 Team
posted May 16 2015 - 11:36am

Subject verbWhen children expand their vocabulary and begin creating more detailed sentences with complex subjects, selecting the correct verb form for present tense writing can be tricky. Subjects and verbs must agree in number. If a subject is singular, the verb must be too; if a subject is plural, the verb must be plural. If a child doesn’t know how to identify the simple subject in a complex subject, he won’t know whether the subject is singular or plural. 

A complex subject is one that uses modifiers to add information to the simple subject.

Here is a complex subject with the simple subject in bold:

The giant, yellow bee in the flowers

In the example, two adjectives and a prepositional phrase modify the simple subject. 

By K5 Team
posted May 5 2015 - 9:20am

Grammar rocksSummer is fast approaching, and a break from school shouldn’t be an excuse to take a break from learning. You can help your children hone their language skills, and maybe even develop new ones, while having fun this summer.

Road Trips
For many people, a large part of summer break ends up being spent in a car, whether it be travelling to a vacation destination or just travelling around town doing errands. The good news is . . . a car ride presents the perfect opportunity to use music as a tool for learning language skills.

By K5 Team
posted Apr 28 2015 - 10:31am

prepositionsMost children start learning about prepositions and how to use them in kindergarten. As adults, prepositions are such a common part of language that we don’t realize it is not always easy for young language learners to understand the job of prepositions.
What Do Prepositions Do?
Prepositions describe the relationships between words.

Preposition of place answer questions of where.
The moon is in the sky. Where is the moon? It is in the sky.

By K5 Team
posted Mar 30 2015 - 12:36pm

PrefixEvery parent wants to see their children succeed at reading. It is one of the first steps in an education that leads to a life of learning in every subject. Having a knowledge of vocabulary and how to build on existing vocabulary makes reading a more productive learning process.

A great way to help your children increase their vocabulary is to teach them common prefixes and their meanings through gameplay. Once these are mastered, reading becomes a much more fluid process because it is easy to figure out the definitions of unfamiliar words without looking to a dictionary.

By K5 Team
posted Mar 24 2015 - 11:22am

We know that committing the basic math facts to memory is a real chore for our kids. Surely there must be some logic to these sums. The answer is yes, there is. Here are some tricks for learning the multiplication math facts.

Let’s start by looking at the multiplication grid.

multiplication chart

Every multiplication has its twin. See, that 8x3, is the same as 3x8? Now, you’ll only have to remember half the table.

But there’s more.

By K5 Team
posted Mar 16 2015 - 11:45am

two to too word pairsChildren often struggle with the spelling of confusing word pairs. The confusion can arise because the words are homophones, or because they are spelled similarly, or both. A previous post, Confusing Word Pairs, offered suggestions to help your child understand the differences in meaning between similar words, but spelling them can still be a challenge. There are creative ways you can help your child remember which word is which when it comes to spelling by using association.


A frequently used example is the spelling of principle and principal.

A principle is a rule. ---  A principal is the head of a school, and your pal.

This example associates the spelling of principal with the word pal.