Saturday, September 15, 2012



Translation: Oh my gawd, homeschool me please or just kill me now!
Better translation.  This class is really really boring, there has to be a better way to learn!

The question that I want to ask is about the evolution of the English language.  In the last decade or do, emoticons,  text acronyms, and Spanglish have infiltrated the English language.

Do you think these are an exciting step forward in the evolution of the English language?
Do you not believe in evolution and that the English language was created and should never be changed:?
Do you think these are just fads that will be gone in a few years?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Word Roots and Morphology

To understand English, you need to understand how it was put together. I don't know much about it. Here's what I know. It originated as an Anglo-Saxon language with simple words like pig, cow, house, and farm.  Then the French conquered England in 1066 and they brought in noble fancy words for the same thing. So the meat of pig is porc. The meat of a cow is beef (from the French boeuf).  A house is mansion (if it's nice). And a fancy farm is a plantation.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cool Free Online Flash Cards

FlashcardsI've been looking for a free online flashcard maker for vocabulary and spelling words and I've found it! Eureka.  A great tool that can be used for either online or printable flashcards.  It's on

I like that it comes with a vocabulary of over 50K words and can be used online, has audio, and can be printed.

And I quote:

Click on each flashcard or tap the spacebar to view the reverse side of the card. To customize your flashcards, click on the Customize link at the bottom of the card.

 Choose which information (word, definition, sentence, part of speech, synonyms, or antonyms) you wish to display on the front side of the flashcards, and which information you wish to display on the flip side. Flashcards can be shown in alphabetical order, the order in which you entered the words, or in random order. 

You can also print the flashcards in a variety of sizes by clicking on the print link at the bottom of the flashcards. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Writing and Vocabulary

Teaching writing also requires helping with the use of vocabulary. Time4Writing has a lot of this with both free resources and paid courses.   Time4Writing just added free writing resources to help parents and educators teach writing more effectively.

The writing resources listed below are organized into seven main categories. Each category includes a selection of fun writing games, instructional videos, printable writing worksheets and other writing tools that are topic specific and related to each category. These free writing resources were created by our teachers and pulled directly from our own courses for use in your home or classroom.

If you think your child would benefit from one-on-one writing instruction, Time4Writing offers individualized writing classes for elementary, middle, and high school students. Check out our related courses below to learn more.