Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Help Your Kids with English

9781553632092HHelp Your Kids with English Canadian Edition – A Step-By-Step Visual Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Writing
Published at DK Canada

About the book

The latest title in this popular series is a complete visual guide to helping children learn and understand English. Using clear, accessible pictures, diagrams this indispensable reference covers all key grammar areas as taught in Canadian schools. This helpful home resource also includes Canadian rules for punctuation, spelling and grammar. A must for every parent and frustrated student.

  • Features over 600 images and artworks
  • Includes Canadian expressions and idioms

My Thoughts

The school year is fast approaching and with four kids to homeschool, I want to make sure I have the proper tools to be able to help them in specific subjects like Mathematic, Science and English.    DK Canada has interesting books to help you grasp the various terminologies in each of these subjects.   In the past, I had the opportunity to review the books for Math and Science and when the book for English came out, I made sure that I could review it.

Similar to the two previous books, this book contains lots of graphics and drawings to help you explain the English language to your child.   I will be honest with you – English is not my first language.  When I was in kindergarten (age 5), we were living in St-Leonard, QC and my mom thought it would be beneficial for me to be in an English classroom.  Back then, the school I attended was bilingual offering classes in French or English.   I was also immersed in English television shows like Sesame Street, Friendly Giant and Mr. Dressup.  My mom told me I wouldn’t talk for the longest time that year though I understood perfectly well.   When grade 1 came around, I entered the French classes instead of pursuing English.   Even to this day, I believe that I learned quite a bit during that first year in school.   When I arrived in high school and had English classes, I was able to pick it up more easily than most of my peers.

But English is not my first language.  I still make errors while speaking or writing.  So I am always on the lookup to learn more tips and tricks.  This book is fabulous because I think it will provide me with more possibilities to master the English language.

The table of contents is divided in specific sections: grammar, punctuation, spelling, communication skills and reference.  In the grammar section, you will be able to get detailed rules about the grammar ( parts of speech, nouns, plurals, adjectives, comparatives, superlatives, articles, determiners, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, tenses, irregular verbs, conjunctions, prepositions and more).   The section about punctuation will highlights all the possible punctuations you can use while writing.   The spelling section will help you and your child if there are any spelling issues in the learning process.   The communications skills section will allow you and your child to discover ways of better communicating when you write.   Finally, in the reference section you will find specific grids helping you to quickly find an answer to a grammar, punctuation, spelling or communication issues.

This book can be useful for parents whose their First Language isn’t English or for older kids who could use a tool to help them in their English assignments.

Help Your Kids with English Canadian Edition is available for purchase at your favourite bookstore.

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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