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By K5 Team
posted Oct 12 2015 - 11:51am

prepositions of time

By Laura Payne


What do those little words known as prepositions do? They describe the relationships between words and answer questions such as how, where and when. A previous post titled Playing with Prepositions of Place focused on helping a child learn common prepositions of place. You can also help your children learn prepositions of time and when to use which preposition.

Prepositions of time answer the questions of when and for how long. The three most common prepositions of time are at, in and on.

By K5 Team
posted Oct 7 2015 - 11:36am

free-vocabulary-worksheets-grade-2Vocabulary is the key to your children understanding what they hear and read, as well as communicating successfully with other people. Words truly are the currency of communication. A strong knowledge of vocabulary improves all areas of communication – listening, speaking, reading and writing.

New Vocabulary Worksheets for Grades 1 to 5

We’ve spent the last couple of months creating a new section in our free worksheets area on vocabulary. So far we have published grade 1, grade 2, grade 3 and grade 4 worksheets, and will soon be publishing grade 5 vocabulary worksheets.

Each grade covers word usage, word lists, antonyms/synonyms and spelling words, including weekly spelling lists.

We’ll keep adding new worksheets to this section, so please let us know if there are any vocabulary worksheets you’d like us to add?

By K5 Team
posted Oct 2 2015 - 10:03am

by Sharon Selby, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor

anxious childSchool has started and emotions are getting activated.  Often our children are more anxious than we realize and that’s because anxiety shows up in many different ways. 
The Many Signs of Anxiety
Physical symptoms:
        stomach aches


By K5 Team
posted Sep 30 2015 - 9:56am

First grade fractions worksheetsWe’ve made a number of changes to our first grade fractions worksheets page. We’ve made it easier to find the fractions worksheets you may be looking for and added new sections with new free worksheets that you can print for free.

The worksheet now covers:

Equal parts worksheets:including identifying equal parts, draw a line to split a shape into two equal parts, draw a line to split a shape into four equal parts, dividing shapes into equal parts, identifying halves and quarters.

Writing fractions worksheets:including matching fractions to pictures, matching fractions to their names, coloring shapes that make fractions, writing fractions and fractions of a group or set.

We’re constantly working on improving our worksheet center and will keep you up to date on new pages and updates.

By K5 Team
posted Sep 21 2015 - 3:27pm

Accept exceptThe English language is filled with word pairs that are tricky to spell either because they sound identical to another word with a different meaning (these are called homophones) or they sound similar to another word with a different meaning. A previous post, Creative Tips for Spelling Confusing Word Pairs, offered some tips about remembering spelling through associations. These associations are known as mnemonics.

Mnemonic:  A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.

Mnemonics can be used to help children remember how to spell commonly misspelled single words as well as word pairs.

By K5 Team
posted Sep 17 2015 - 11:47am

Punctuation saves livesPunctuation is to writing what vocal delivery is to speech. Every full stop, comma, apostrophe, colon, parenthesis, quotation mark and hyphen serves its purpose in guiding the reader through the text. It’s useful to know what each mark can and cannot do, as well as the message it delivers to your reader. Here are some simple rules and examples.
Use the comma (,)To separate items in a sentence.
We bought milk, bread, meat and cheese at the store.

Before and, but, or, nor, for, so and yet when they join independent clauses.
I like to eat hamburgers, but I don’t like the fries.

After introductory elements.
Well, I think I’ll go to bed. Before you leave, turn off the lights.

To set off an expression that interrupts a sentence.
All fishermen on the lake, I’m certain, wear life jackets.

By K5 Team
posted Sep 7 2015 - 11:09am

1st grade math number chartsAs many of you know we provide free worksheets in math and reading. Despite the digital world our kids are growing up in, there are some skills where the most effective way to learn and practice is with a pen and paper. That's why we have created these printable worksheets.

We’re constantly working on improving our math and reading sections, updating the look and feel of our pages, making it easier for you to move around each area and adding more worksheets.

One section we have just updated is our grade 1 math worksheets, where you will find it easier to find new worksheets for:

Number Charts

Number Patterns

Comparing Numbers

Place Value





Word Problems

So, all parents of grade 1 students, we hope you’ll find this section useful as your kids go back to school.

We’ll keep you updated as we progress with new sections and improvements to current sections.

By K5 Team
posted Aug 31 2015 - 10:09am

singular indefinite pronouns

By Laura Payne

As useful as they can be, singular indefinite pronouns can also be problematic. The reason for this is that students often mistake singular indefinite pronouns for plural pronouns, and this leads to problems with subject-verb agreement, and subject-verb agreement plays a crucial role in constructing grammatically correct sentences. Here’s how you can help your children remember which indefinite pronouns are singular and take the singular form of verbs.
What are Indefinite Pronouns?
To start with, pronouns are words that take the place of nouns and refer to a specific person, a group of people or a thing, for example, he, she, they and it. Indefinite pronouns are not definite, which means they don’t refer to a specific person, group of people or thing.  

By K5 Team
posted Aug 27 2015 - 10:23am

A square number is the number we get after multiplying an integer (not a fraction) by itself. For example:

1 x 1 = 1

One is the square number.

2 x 2 = 4

Four is the square number of multiplying two by two.

3 x 3 = 9

Nine is the square number of three times three.

Why do we call it a Square Number?


This is best illustrated in a diagram. Let’s take 2 x 2:

square 2 x 2










By K5 Team
posted Aug 10 2015 - 2:59pm

By Laura Payne

root wordsEven though children may not realize what they are doing or know the technical term for it, they actually begin using affixes at a very young age when they pluralize regular nouns by adding a suffix. They add an s sound to cat when they are talking about more than one cat, a z sound to dog when they are talking about more than one dog, and an iz sound to wish when they are talking about more than one wish.

Children continue to add basic suffixes and even prefixes to their verbal vocabulary before learning to read and write, for example, “I walked the dog” and “I untied my shoes.” It is when they learn to read and write that the process of attaching affixes to root words becomes visibly perceptible to children.