January 26, 2009

All About Homophones

I have had the chance to look over the e-book called All About Homophones by Marie Rippel. This book is designed to help students in grades 1-8 with these sometimes confusing words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

**Since Ella is not reading much other than simple CVC words, this material is not age-appropriate for her and would not be much help for kids under 6 or non-readers. Though I could not test it out on her, I did read through it and would like to tell you what I found.

The book presents a different set of homophones for each grade level. For example, the homophones for 1st grade students are "be/bee", "see/sea", and "to/two/too". Ms. Rippel has included 6 blank graphic organizers that you can use with your child to help him define each word, then write a sentence using the word. These organizers can be great tools for review when you have completed each unit. Each set of homophones has it's own worksheet so that your child can fill in the blank with the appropriate word. There are also crossword puzzles that correspond to the homophones from each grade level.

While all of these items are wonderful tools for teaching your child, my favorite part of this e-book is the list of games that can be played using the homophone cards that you can print out from the book. Once you have printed the cards onto cardstock (and laminate them!), you are ready to play 6 different games such as Go Fish and Old Maid! Once your child has learned new homophones, you can simply add new cards to the games. I know my little game-lover is going to really like this aspect of All About Homophones!!

If all of that wasn't enough, Ms. Rippel has also included a reading list, student record sheets (so your child can write down all of the words he's learned through the book), and several cute tongue twisters, riddles, and puns that include the homophones. Everything is well-explained with instructions on various ways to use each component of the e-book.

This product looks like a fun way for children to learn about those pesky words that can cause trouble! If you would like to look at some sample pages, click HERE. I am so excited that the price of the printed book has been lowered to $29.95, so if you would like to have a physical copy, this is a good option. The e-book costs $27.95. But, guess what?? Right now, you can get $10 off of any product at All About Homophones! That means the printed book will be $19.95 and the e-book only $17.95!! All you have to do is enter the code "FUN" in the customer code box at checkout. But you'd better hurry! This deal is only good through Feb. 2! While you're over at her website, be sure to also check out the Homophone Machine. There are more free games on the Articles page.

Please head over to the TOS Crew to read other reviews of All About Homophones by clicking HERE!

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