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Creative Language Arts Ideas

Teaching language arts to your homeschooler can be challenging. Here are several creative ideas to spark your homeschool program:

Homonym Hijinks- Play a homonym game using the words below. Write the names of all the homonyms on index cards and play a charades game with your homeschooler or a pictionary type game. Check your child's ability to ascertain the correct definition of each word through these fun games.

1. to, too, two
2. who's, whose
3. your, you're
4. there, their, they're
5. past, passed
6. close, clothes
7. blue, blew
8. aloud, allowed
9. acts, ax
10. guessed, guest
11. so, sew, sow
12. sight, cite, site
13. stationary, stationery
14. principal, principle
15. capital, capitol
16. its, it's
17. patience, patients
18. pair, pear, pare
19. sent, scent, cent
20. sail, sale

Amazing Adjectives- Have your homeschooler create a poem using lots of descriptive adjectives. A great way to initiate fodder for thought is through the use of magazine pictures. Cut out lots of kid friendly pictures and have your child paste them in a collage or in a scrapbook. After the pictures have dried have your child write a list of adjectives to describe each picture, at least three per photo. Challenge him or her not to repeat any words.

Tell the Real Story- For a fun writing assignment that elicits creativity have your child retell as classic story. Using a different point of view your homeschooler should retell the chosen story, such as The Three Little Pigs. You can read a classic and a remake as an example for your child, such as the classic story The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Lane Smith.

However you choose to add creativity to your language arts curriculum it will surely be welcome by your homeschooler!

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