After the first Quick Reference Card was finished, I got excited and kept going. Now there are five available for download so that teachers can have quick and easy access to the key points of a Shoebox sentence, the various word types, and other information.
I also got tremendously excited by a comment made by a Year One teacher recently when she said that her students did not know what nouns and verbs were, so instead of them having to unlearn their previous (false or incomplete) definitions, they could simply start with the correct ones.
I chatted with my wife (a Junior Primary teacher) and we devised a little game and activity to help junior primary students understand and internalise the principles of sentence construction. If you are interested in a demonstration of how this works, let me know and I'll visit your class.
Based on the recommendation of a teacher at St Mary's in Boyup Brook, I have just completed the first of the Shoebox Quick Reference Cards, with the idea that a teacher can print, laminate and file these cards for easy reference. They contain simple, colourful graphics on the basic principles of the Shoebox 1-2-3 Rule, and will hopefully make it easy for teachers to understand the principles without looking through the full Shoebox Grammar Teachers Book.
More to come.
I just had an enormous amount of fun teaching grammar to the Year Sixes at St Pats and the Year Fives at Our Lady of Fatima schools in Fremantle and Palmyra respectively (yes, I just used the words fun and grammar in the same sentence.) Thanks to the staff and students of both schools for two fully engaged classes who listened, learned, thought and discussed; I was sad to leave both classes.