Friday, January 30, 2009

TOS Crew Review: All About Homophones

This is from the makers of All About Spelling.
You can read my review of that HERE.

When I first saw the title of this (All About Homophones,) my first impression was...Do I really need something like this? I viewed the ebook version and boy was I impressed. The ebook (you can also get a hard copy) is 240 pages long! The layout is done very professionally. It is jammed packed with tons of activities, ideas, and more...I was impressed!

After an introduction to what homophones are (same sound, spelled differently and have different meaning,) you are off an adventure with homophones. There are great notebooking sheets or "graphic organizers" as they are called in the program. These work great for making your own homophone notebook. There are many different style sheets with different layouts, so you won't be bored. But don't worry, there is a list of homophones, with appropriate grade levels, so to begin you don't need to come up with your own. Then you can always add to them as you see fit.

Then there are 101 homophone worksheets for practice. These are basic fill in the blank worksheets and a fun creative writing activity or fun fact on each page. Some of the worksheets have activities that tie in literary devices. The worksheets are divided by grade level. They also have a corresponding crossword puzzle. These look like great fun. My children loved these!

The next section is card games. There are 6 games to play with the cards that you print out (or copy depending on the version.) What is neat is that you can print them two sided if you would like. The cards are definition cards and word cards.

If you think we are done yet we are not!! Then there are teaching ideas, a large section on tongue twisters, riddles, and puns. Then the appendices are next with the answers to the worksheets, crosswords, an index, and a "MEGA" list of homophones!

So for your money you are getting a lot. It is a ton of fun to make the homophone notebook. You are free really to use this anyway you want, the possibilities are really endless.

You can see sample pages of this curriculum at its website HERE. There is also a Homophone Machine on the website, articles, and more reviews.

What is great right now is that if you purchase All-About-Homophones by Feb. 2, you can get $10 off by using the code "FUN." The usual price is: $29.95 for the hardcopy and $27.95 for the e-book. That’s just $19.95 or $17.95 with the coupon code, which I think is a great buy for this product!

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