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Crucial Information for ALL Parents
Firstly, What to expect from this website...

This website was designed to be educational, and a resource for homeschooling parents/children, with respect to the English language.  I have approximately 200 pages, not all of it dedicated to the education of the English language.  Links pertinent to YOU as a homeschooling parent are provided below.  Feel free to browse my website, if there is anything you disagree with, or would like added, please contact me.

Questions Answered
by
Leon
(A licensed teacher in the state of Utah)

 

Questions for
Homeshooling
Parents
Questions for
Parents of Schooled Children
Questions for
Parents of EFL/ESL Students
How can I best teach my child?

Which is the MOST important subject?

Scroll down for answers;

or click here.

How can I best support my child's education?

Which is the MOST important subject?

Scroll down for answers;

or click here.

Which is the most important part of learning English as a Second Language?
Reading?   Writing?
Listening?   Speaking?

Scroll down for answers;

or click here.


U.S. Federal Law requires that I put this warning on my website:

Dear Parents,

Why do children under 13 years of age need parental supervision?

Quite simply, the answer is because U.S. law requires that I put warnings on my site if I solicit personal information from visitors.  I don't really solicit any information; however I do have a contact page where visitors may leave their names and comments about my website (both on my website and via email).  Furthermore, there are third-party advertisements, which may solicit information (for the purpose of selling something).  Lastly, I do solicit donations, but is unlikely that any child under 18 years of age has a credit card, so therefore cannot donate.  But, I'm just playing on the safe side, and that is why children under the age of 13 should be with a parent or guardian when visiting this website, or at least have your permission.

I hope you all enjoy the wonderful educational material that I have amassed free of charge (as it should be)!

Kind regards,
Leon
Webmaster


Index of English
Educational Resources

These are just some of my educational pages on this website.

ABC
 Englishes

(the difference between American, British, and Canadian Englishes)
Abbreviations
 & Acronyms

Like...

Apt. vs Appt.

Alliterations

Example...

All alliterations are awesome!  

Calligrams

Example...

Children's Page
(For young learners, with parental guidance).

Clauses
(main clause, subordinate clause, relative clauses...

Content-based
Education

What is content-based education?

Crazy English


Let's explicate the craziness of English... like we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway.

Culture &
 the English language

This...
is mostly for ESL/EFL learners, to understand that there are certain nuances and idiosyncrasies of the English language, that generally come second-nature to native speakers. 

Figures of Speech

Examples:
Ap
ostrophe:  "Oh, man in the moon, what is love all about?"
Hyperbole:  I would travel to the moon and back.
Metaphor:  The moon carries the tides with it.
Metonymy:  It will take one moon to get this done.
Oxymoron:  The blue moon is white.
Personification:  The moon looked down upon us.
Simile:  It was as bright as the moon.

Games

Not really games; more like fun activities, which are educational.

Grammar

Leon focuses on the main grammatical issues of today.

History of the English Language

It's a brief history, which shows the influence of many different languages that made English the language it is today.

Homophones
   & Homonyms

It's a list...a very long list.

Interjections

Wow!  This is awesome.  Hey!  You've got to see this.  Oh my goodness!  Leon has outdone himself on this one.

Intonation

For non-native speakers to learn the intonation of the English language.

Irony

Did you know that there are 5 kinds of irony?
Socratic Irony
Dramatic Irony
Sarcasm / Satire
Situational Irony

Leon's Literature
Review

(for older children)

Linguistics

This is a fascinating, but not obligatory study of language.

Morphemes

The best way to study vocabulary (for middle school and above).

Myths
 about learning English

For non-native speakers to more effectively learn English.

NUMB3R5

How high can you count in the English language?

What is the highest number in the English language?

Onomatopoeia

Bang!
Clang!
Moo!
Pop!
Tick, tock!
Ruff!
Whoosh!
Zoom!

Parts
of
speech

nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, and interjections.

 

Phonics

Short vowels
vs.
Long vowels

There are rules!

Master them!

 

Phrasal Verbs

I don't know if you can take this all in.  To take on phrasal verbs is a monumental task.  However, you should take up the hobby of mastering phrasal verbs.  After a while you will take off as a phrasal verb master.

Poetry

for young learners

 

Poetry

for older learners

Polysemy

Words that have multiple meanings, but are not related.

This is a work in progress; not much there, but it is enough to "get the picture."

Proverbs

(also: Sayings, Maxims, Axioms, etc.)

This a list of common English proverbs, categorized for easy reference.

 

Puns

Puns are a fun way to explore the English language, because puns are punny!

 

Punctuation

This is VERY
important for
good writing.

Puzzles

Ditloids
Dingbats
Rebuses
Riddles
Etc.

Reading
Resources
(for all ages/levels)

Rebuses

 

References

These are some
super cool
online reference
websites; like...
Dictionaries
Encyclopedias
Etc.

Similes

...like a boss!

...as......as....

Slang

This is for non-native English-language learners, to learn the difference between real English and slang English.

Songs

A great way to learn to read is via karaoke!

Spelling
Rules

Oh!  Yes!
There are rules.

Syllables

How to count them,
and
which one is stressed.

...a work in progress.

Synonyms

boat, ship, canoe, dingy, sailboat, motorboat, etc.

 

Tongue Twisters


(a super fun way to increase reading speed)

Vocabulary

Grades K-3

Grades 3-8

Grades 6-12

Words

...in English from other languages, such as:

kangaroo and canoe

Writing
Well

I give templates!
Gr. 1-12

 


Questions Answered

Question Answer
(1)  How can I best support my child's education?
(for parents of children in school).
(1)  Constantly instill in your child the importance of getting a good education.  Encourage; uplift; push, if necessary.  Set boundaries, such as homework times.  Be available to help your child with his/her homework.  In fact, make it a practice to do the homework together each and every night.  (I understand that for some parents, it is impossible to help with homework every night.  You do what you can, and God will help with the rest.)  Nobody works 7 days a week.  Take one of your days off and spend time with your child/children on their school work.
(2)  How can I best teach my child?
(for home-schooling parents).
(2)  GENERAL:  You best teach your child by example.  Be there with your child while he/she does his/her homework.  After you teach, have your child teach you.  It has been said that the teacher learns more than the student.  Make it fun.  Turn homework into a game as much as possible.  Also, use progress charts.  Your child needs to see how much she/he is progressing.  Incentives are also very useful tools!  My advice is to incentivize milestones of learning achievements.

(a)  READING:  (as you will see below, reading is by far the most important subject).  I don't care what others say, I say that your child should spend at least 30 minutes per day reading.  If your child cannot read, you need to spend 30 minutes each day teaching your child to read.  (There are various ways to do this; email me if you would like suggestions).  The important thing is that your child needs to ENJOY reading, so make sure your child is reading things that interest your child (and is appropriate for her/his level of reading).

M8TH &
  NUMB3R5

(b)  For math, it is imperative that your child memorize her/his math facts.  Use this as a guide... (there's more to it than this; these are the basics!):
1st Grade:  Memorize how to make 10; Count to 100.
2nd Grade:  Memorize how to make 20; Count to 1000.
3rd Grade:  Memorize ALL times tables to 100.  (If your child does not have her/his times-tables memorized by the end of 3rd grade, she/he will NOT be able to progress in math!  / Count to 10,000.
4th Grade:  Memorize ALL times tables to 144. / Count to 100,000.
Decimals to tenths.  Basic fractions: half, thirds, fourths, fifths, tenths.  Learn long division with whole numbers.  (HINT:  Teach your child how to cook using recipes that call for fractions of spoons and cups).

5th Grade:  Review all memorized material (kids need repetition).  Count to 10,000,000.  Decimals to one hundredth.  Need to learn standard algorithms for multiplication & long division using decimals to one/hundredth, and up to 10 million.  Add more complex fractions.  Be able to add and subtract like an unlike fractions.
6th Grade:  The sky's the limit.  How high can you count?  See my numbers page for highest named numbers.  Add multiplication and division of fractions.

(3)  Which is the most important subject to teach your child?
(for ALL parents!).
(3)  Reading.
Your child will not even be able to do math, unless he/she can read and understand the question.  Being able to read and comprehend is by far the most important subject your child will ever learn.  Upon the skills of reading and comprehending what one reads lay all the other subjects.
(4)  Which is the most important part of learning English as a foreign language (EFL) or English as a second language (ESL)? (4)  Listening/Speaking
Your child must learn to listen/speak English properly first!  That is how English-first-language children learn.  Is your child better than they?

 

Dear Parents of Schooled Children, 

     Teachers cannot do it without you (parents).  If your child does not have (a) your support and encouragement, and (b) a belief in his/herself, THEN he/she will not succeed.  Studies have shown that the student needs certain things to succeed in school.  They are:

   -  Parents to encourage them to succeed, (and a belief that they CAN succeed)!

   -  A DESIRE TO SUCCEED,

   -  Teachers to give them the skills to succeed,

   -  A school that gives an environment to succeed.

Guess which one is the most important.....

Studies in the U.S. have shown that parental support is the most important and significant factor in children's education.

 



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