Monday, January 26, 2009

All about homophones

My kids and I LOVED All About Spelling, so I was excited to receive All About Homophones by the same author. In case you've forgotten what homophones are, they are those tricky words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings.


So many kids (and adults) have trouble knowing which word to use when. All About Homophones makes learning them easy. They've broken all of the homophones into general grade levels and provide graphic organizers, worksheets, crossword puzzles, and games for each group of words. There are fun riddles and plays on words sprinkled throughout. My 8 year son did the 3rd grade words and then wanted to keep going because they were fun. The 6 different card games make practicing and reviewing fun and the right usage gets cemented into the brain.

I also liked the mega-list of homophones at the back of the book (6 pages with 4 columns per page) and how each word in the book is indexed telling you what pages it is used in. So if you are having trouble with assistants/assistance, you can look in the appendix and see exactly which pages will help practice those words.

The softcover book is $29.95 and the ebook is $27.95. (But for the next few days, you can get $10 off by entering the coupon code "FUN" in the customer code box during checkout. The coupon code is good until Monday, February 2, 2009.

And if you just want to have some fun with homophones, try the Homophone Machine. It's free and I'd love to see what crazy sentences you can come up with.

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