(Remember this post that went viral on Facebook a few years ago about P is for Pterodactyl?)
If you’re a logophile (=word nerd), grammar geek, or a bookworm, and especially, if you’re a teacher or homeschooler, snag a copy of No Reading Allowed for yourself and a friend. This will be a hot holiday gift for us word nerd folks!
No Reading Allowed: The Worst Read-Aloud Book Ever
(Example: What do baseball players eat on? Home plates! hahaha, you’re welcome…)
…homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings.
Homonyms are words with the same pronunciation and same spelling but different meanings.
Funny Sentences from No Reading Allowed
Using No Reading Allowed with Kids
Now, for those of you teachers and homeschoolers or any grammar fans with children in your life, I have some ideas for how to use this book with kids.
First, it’s very important to explicitly teach the differences and meanings of each word, whether a homophone or homonym. That means reading, defining, using in a sentence, and practicing each word. Illustrating the words can be helpful as well because a visual representation aids with accurate recall.
Second, I don’t think it’s terribly important for kids to remember if a word is a homophone or homonym as long as they know the difference in meaning and use. Maybe I’m wrong but I feel like kids don’t need an added layer of complication. What do you think? Comment if you want to set me straight.
1. Fun Activity Sheet
Practice some homophones from the book! Use the picture clues to learn and reinforce the correct homophone for each sentence. Download the free two-page activity sheet here.
2. Make a Concentration Game
3. Make a Dictionary of Homophones
4. Make Illustrated Flash Cards
5. Make Puzzle Matches
Buy No Reading Allowed!
Won’t this make a great gift for teachers and your grammar-loving friends?