And vice versa. Children who are good readers enjoy thinking about language and experimenting with it.
But the question remains: is there any way in which we can generate an extra interest in language, in more depth? It is certainly a worthwhile occupation since thinking about language and experimenting with it does stimulate reading.
In other words children come to see language not as just words they might use, but as something that can be considered as intrinsically interesting.
Put another way, control over the way we express ourselves can be empowering and has a direct relationship to the influence we have on others – a notion that is utterly fascinating for all of us.
Whether one wants to say to children, “Getting what you want from parents and others is dependent on your ability to use the language” or not, is, of course, a personal choice. But if put in a language that children understand, it can be an incredibly motivating factor.
This viewpoint was the starting point for “It’s a Case of Grammar”, a pack which gets children thinking about language in more depth than might otherwise be achieved.
In short it focuses on the language’s possibilities and potential. It answers the question, “Why do I need to know about grammar?” with the answer, “because it makes my speech and my writing more powerful.”
The resource contains over 100 new ideas for exploring and teaching grammar at key stage 2. It also includes a comprehensive training pack and a detailed glossary.
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