All About Prepositions
Our study of grammar has recently moved into prepositions, and I wanted a way to help the kids visualize the concepts while writing something relevant to our lives. Both Audrey and Finnian contribute regularly to our posts, so the opportunity to build a better understanding of prepositions while doing so seemed ideal to our overall approach to homeschooling. An assignment for The Track in Pigeon Forge, then, was the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Gaining a firmer grasp of a grammar concept while speeding down a track on a sunny afternoon? Sign me up!
We had focused our attention on the function of prepositions, so we had talked about the ways that they show relationships between nouns. We discussed location, direction, time, and the more abstract relationships (how can you show or define “of”?). Before we headed out for our day of adventure, we reviewed the concepts. I then gave the kids an assignment: consider all the prepositions at work as we walk through The Track, ride on the go-karts, look at the rides, and play with the arcade games.
We captured several hundred images during the hours that we were there. These pictures served as memory prompts and visual cues for the preposition sentences. A couple of days after we had returned home, we again reviewed the prepositions, this time choosing several to include in our writing. You’ll see below the sentences written by both Audrey and Finnian. They appear as captions to the photos.
I’d judge the day as a success. We got to spend some time on exciting rides on what might be the last warm day of the year, all while reinforcing a crucial grammatical concept.