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Three Period Lesson
Oral Language
  Oral language exercises
  Enrichment of Vocabulary
  Language Training
Written Language
  Written language exercises
  Graphic Symbols and their Key Sounds
  Sound Games
  Sandpaper Letters
  Moveable Alphabet
  Metal Insets
  Sorting Symbols
  Writing on Paper
  Upper and lower case letters
  Capial letters, Periods, Commas and Questions Marks
  Creative Writing
  Phonetic Object Box
  Phonogram Object Box
  Activity Words
  Puzzle Words 1
  Little Booklets
  Reading Folders
  Phonogram Dictionnary
  Puzzle Words 2
  Reading Classification
Total Reading
  Function of Words
  The Article
  The Adjective
  Logical Adjective Game
  Detective Adjective Game
  The Conjunction
  The Preposition
  The Verb
  The Adverb
  Logical Adverb Game
  Aspects of the Verb
  Continuation of Commands
Reading Analysis
  Simple Sentence Stage 1
  Simple Sentence Stage 2
  Word Study
Language Summary
  Writing and Reading
Cultural Work
  Music and Dance
  Biological Science
  Physical Science

Function of Words

The function of words Exercises are a series of activities in which the child is given a sensorial experience of the functions of the various parts of speech. They are designed to focus of one part of speech at a time. The function is highlighted by the child’s sensorial experience and is further emphasized by the use of colored symbols. The symbols also strengthen the order of the words to the child.

These Exercises offer the child possibilities to explore his home language. They are not grammar lessons, they are grammar experiences. Because these are not meant to teach grammar, the experiences are not given as formal lessons on the names of the parts of speech and no definitions are given. The child simply experiences the function. However, the child may perhaps absorb the name as it can be used conversationally. For example when the child is playing “The Adjective Game” he will intuitively understand its meaning.

Parts of speech given in the primary class are the noun, article, adjective, conjunction, preposition, verb, and the adverb. This is the order in which they are presented.

Noun: large black triangle
Article: small light blue triangle
Adjective: dark blue triangle
Conjunction: small pink rectangle
Preposition: green crescent
Verb: large red circle
Adverb: small orange circle

The child will then rise to a level of interest on the language he speaks. He is now at a point where he will realize that words have special functions and can be classified by this function.

These Exercises are to be presented when the child can read most words with ease and no longer require sounding the out. This usually comes when the child can read more than one word at a time. This will come from the child’s work in reading classification. The function experiences will offer him further reading practice. The work will therefore go parallel with later reading classification work, which is mostly guided by the directress.

Because of the sensitive period of language, each new function is an interesting new discovery. Many of the Exercises are done in small groups. The activities are not only interesting but are also great fun which will only add to the child’s interest in his own language.



























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