Sentence structure can be a confusing concept for learners who are just starting to figure out how to put words together.
If you’re a teacher, parent, or homeschooler, you can make this subject a lot more fun for both of you by watching sentence structure videos aimed at kids. Videos like “The Sentence Song” by Scratch Garden help to cement the rules in place by putting them to a catchy tune with funny visuals – you’ll probably find yourself singing along while you’re in the shower or doing the washing up!
The Sentence Song introduces the two most important aspects of basic sentence structure: Capital or upper case letters and the punctuation used to end a sentence with a period (full stop if you’re in the UK or Australia), question mark, or exclamation mark.
Capital Letters Videos
What’s the difference between an upper case letter and lower case letter? Capital letters are big big big!
Most kids at the stage of learning sentence structure should already know how to form both the upper case and lower case alphabets but may be confused about when to use each letter.
Showing how a sentence always starts with a capital letter in a visual and fun way can help to explain this concept – it’s much easier to demonstrate it than to just repeat the rule.
There’s obviously more to punctuation than periods, exclamation marks, and question marks, but these are the basics that children start out learning and it can be tricky to understand when to use each one at first.
If you’re teaching your child at home, you’ll know when it’s time to introduce this concept at home when she starts pointing out question marks and exclamation marks when you’re reading together. Most children will realize these are marks that they’ve not come across when learning the alphabet.
Most children will understand the difference between a regular sentence and a question pretty quickly but when to use an exclamation mark is a bit more of an abstract concept.
The examples we’ve used in our sentence structure videos make this much easier, and kids will love shouting “There’s a monster!” and “Surprise!” – you can have some real fun practicing this one!
How to Use Basic Sentence Structure Videos
The great thing about using videos for learning is that kids love them and it doesn’t feel like “work”. They’ll learn naturally from watching fun, educational videos without ever feeling like the topic is too difficult or confusing.
The Sentence Song and other videos from Scratch Garden are only a couple of minutes long and ideal to put on for a treat – you could reward your kids for doing their chores by letting them watch a few videos!
Music is also a great way to complement routine so, for example, you could put on some punctuation videos for kids while you’re helping them to get dressed for school in the morning.
Repetition helps to cement the learning so if your child requests to watch the video again, let him! You’ll have the sentence song stuck in your head in no time!
While Scratch Garden videos are aimed at kids from age 2 – 9, they’re also enjoyable for adults as the tunes are so catchy and not annoying like so many kids music videos. This means they’re also great to use as sentence structure videos for ESL or ELL at any age.
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