Kids love playing games with numbered dice. Why not give them dice with words for learning the English language?
For the past few weeks, I have been reviewing grammar skills with my kids using the English Grammar Teaching Method from English on a Roll.
English on a Roll
English Grammar Teaching Method
150-page Instructor Manual
Ages 5 – Adult
What is included?
English On A Roll uses a researched based, highly successful, Multi-sensory Structured Language method (MSL) of instruction. English On A Roll includes a 150 page instructor manual that contains 37 lessons, reproducible worksheets, and learning materials.
However, the lessons and worksheets are not the boring English Language instruction you would normally find in a curriculum. Instead, this instruction manual is filled with game-like activities that involve various senses. Kids will have fun using their visual, auditory, verbal skills, and their hands to create grammatically correct sentences. The instruction manual contains reproducible worksheets, conversation ideas, and teaching tips that both kids and adults enjoy. No prior teaching experience is required. It comes with everything you need and is easy to implement.
English On A Roll also includes 40 word cubes (dice) in a plastic case. Each heavy duty plastic cube is six sided and has 6 corresponding words kids will use to make sentences. There are 38 color coded word cubes engraved with groups of related words, and there are also 2 blank cubes for customizing.
The word cubes are color-coded to facilitate learning the different parts of speech by color association.
- Pronoun Words = Blue
- Question Words = Green
- Noun Words = Dark Blue
- Preposition Words = Dark Blue
- Article Words = Dark Blue
- Adjective Words = Purple
- Verb Words = Red
- Adverb Words = Orange
- Punctuation Symbols = Black
- Conjunction Words = Black
The 40 piece set of word cubes come in a durable plastic case so you won’t loose them and they are easy to transport and store. They are just the right size to be portable, and the case is small enough to fit into a backpack or purse. The set includes two blank cubes that are easy to customize with additional vocabulary words of your choice. From their website, you can buy as many additional smaller sets of blank cubes as you need.
My kids are really enjoying the lessons.
Lesson 5 Questions (verses Statements) With “Be”. Singular: “It is a car.” or “Is it a car?” Or Plural: “They are cars.” or “Are they cars?”
The lessons are fun and have a “game” like quality to them. In addition to “playing” as you learn the grammar lessons, students can get creative and develop their own lessons too. English on a Roll is fun, which keeps students practicing.
Repeated practice is recognized as the most significant factor in mastery of language.
Students can learn to master grammar of the English language with English On A Roll’s multi-sensory hands on program. It teaches both grammar and syntax and students will have a strong understanding of the structure of the English language when they complete the program. One set of cubes can be used for up to six students at a time; and larger groups (or classrooms) will need to purchase the larger kit that contains the instruction manual and 5 complete sets of the cubes.
English on a Roll uses fun 6 sided word cubes to get the message across. By rolling the cubes (spinning the cube around with their fingers), and coordinating the color code, students can build unlimited phrases and sentences and learn the basics of the English language. Kids feel like they are playing a game and they want to practice because it feels seems to them they are playing a game. It is easy to see how students have fun while learning with this program.
English On A Roll is a great addition to Homeschools. It is easy to use, portable, and would make a handy resource for parents in many different scenarios. A few ideas where a homeschool family might use this program in addition to home is: in the car, at Homeschool coops, and volunteers in various settings, and at nursing home visits. Parents could take this program along for kids to work on quietly in the lobby while the parent are in a meeting or appointment. Here are a few more ideas of various situations where these cubes would be a great resource:
- Beginning Reading (K-4)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Special Education
- Adult Education
- Nursing Home Visits (help with social interaction, memory, eye hand coordination or language recovery).
- Test Preparation Programs
- After School Programs
- Summer School Programs
- Community Centers
- Tutoring Programs
Check out this video link to see the creator of English On A Roll using the program with students on their website.
If you would like to try before you buy, check out the FREE Sample Chapters offer on the English On A Roll website.
There are a couple of additional products available for even more hands on learning fun. They offer additional sets of blank cubes for $8.50 Even though they include two blank cubes in the main set, you might need more blank cubes.
You can put whatever vocabulary words you want on these, however, I would like to get a couple sets of the blank blocks and make a set of alphabet blocks for my youngest child who is just beginning to learn letters and sounds. The main set with vocabulary words was perfect for my 8 year old and the older children, but they were too hard for my 5 year old.
He preferred to sort them by color and count how many there were, and he loved to stack them and play with the blocks on the floor when the older kids were not using them for their lessons.
I plan to use the one and two letter word cubes for learning some short letter words as he begins to read, and I would like a more blank cubes that we can add more smaller sight words into his vocabulary. I would also like to have more blank cubes to customize for the older kids and make a fun way to learn bible verses, rhyming words, and make a fun game on creating poetry, songs, story telling, etc. I can think of many challenging ways we could use these.
English On A Roll also offers a board game for $20. This board game looks like a lot of fun. It is designed to help kids build their vocabulary and social skills as they incorporate the use of the word cubes, as well as a game board, cards, and players. I hope to order the board game soon.
Our family enjoys learning various subjects with a hands-on approach. It has been fun to use this multi-sensory method to practice language learning skills. I recommend English On A Roll for families, because this program gives kids (and adults) the tools they need to learn English in a fun hands-on way.
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