Week 9 – The One Room School House and Verb Anatomy

Yesterday had to be one of my favorite days with my Essentials families! From time to time, we combine our Essentials A and B classes.  Yesterday was one of those days!  So roughly twenty 9-12 year olds were under my direction as we reviewed, learned a little more about verb anatomy, practiced dressing up sentences, read papers, and had mental math challenge.  The tutor intrepid, the energy incredible, the eagerness intoxicating, and the excitement interminable. Students recite conjugations (what’s that??).  The simple, present tense of  To Play. I play You play He She It plays We play You (all) play They play Now simple, past tense. Now simple, future tense.  We are conjugating the verb To Play! Now let’s do the same for To Work.  No problem. A student names a verb – To Run.  Uh-oh! That’s an irregular verb!  No problem, we can handle it! Next students are asked to create sentences following a certain sentence pattern – then parse and diagram to make sure they did indeed create a sentence that followed the assigned sentence pattern. We chant the linking verb list, noting that the forms of the verb To Be are the most often used linking verbs. Students chant the preposition list while hopping on one foot. Did I mention that many younger siblings were playing quietly in the back of the room?  …hearing the chants. We then flow into sentence modification – connecting dress-ups and sentence openers.  Students take one simple S-Vt-DO sentence and add adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases and even a few www.asiab and who/which clauses.  Older students are called on to help the...