Learn English and Grammar Skills with Google Home Assistant

Would you like to learn English and improve your grammar without getting off the sofa and without cracking open a textbook? Google Home could be just what you need. Here are some of the English and grammar apps you can try out through Google Home.

Pro Tip: Transition Words and Phrases

Transition words and phrases make reading a story more natural and enjoyable. A story–also called a narrative–is a series of events that should flow together smoothly. In a narrative, most transitions are chronological, such as the ones in Feé’s story Part 1: When Feé was just about five months old When we got back FinallyContinue reading “Pro Tip: Transition Words and Phrases”

Improve Your Writing: Ideas

Good writers often divide their work into six components, usually called traits, a concept developed by teachers at Education Northwest. When writing, editing, or revising a piece, we assess its ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. This week, we will look at the idea trait and its importance to good writing. TheContinue reading “Improve Your Writing: Ideas”

Should the English Language Be Regulated?

Should English be regulated? The average American student would probably answer “Yes.” English is notoriously difficult to speak and write correctly, in large part because nearly every rule has exceptions. For example, “tough” and “ruff” rhyme, but we spell them very differently. Why don’t we just standardize it all? Many languages, from French and SpanishContinue reading “Should the English Language Be Regulated?”

When Katie Found Out About Santa, Part 2

The first day of kindergarten “He was chasing me at recess and wouldn’t stop. So I stopped him,” my adorable kindergartener said.As casually as I could, I asked, “Did a teacher see you?”“No,” said Katie. “I was quick.”Oh. A few weeks later, my son Robbie got sick on a Sunday. Since I needed to takeContinue reading “When Katie Found Out About Santa, Part 2”

When Katie Found Out About Santa, Part 1

My daughter Katie has always been precocious. Even as a very small child, she was curious, serious, and gifted with a large vocabulary. She asked questions constantly, and she usually followed the answers up with more questions. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise, I suppose, when she asked me THE question: “Mommy, where doContinue reading “When Katie Found Out About Santa, Part 1”

The Cat’s out of the Tree: Idea Trait

Part 1 Let’s take a look at how the story “How To Get a Cat out of a Tree” uses the writing component of ideas. On Monday, we said that the idea, or main message, “should be made clear to the reader at the outset, and it should be developed and supported throughout the work.”Continue reading “The Cat’s out of the Tree: Idea Trait”

How To Get a Cat out of a Tree, Part 2

Since our first adventure with a cat in a tree, Feé has gotten stranded in trees a few more times. However, the experiences were short-lived until the following summer. One day, Feé begged me to go outside to play, so I let her out. Of course, I gave her a lecture about trees before sheContinue reading “How To Get a Cat out of a Tree, Part 2”