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Other Language Arts

A collection of articles on other areas of language arts, including reading and understanding various types of words, such as homophones, homonyms, antonyms, and synonyms, and specialized word use such as similes and metaphors.

Other Language Arts Articles

Preparing Your Child: Communication
Preparing your child for school means more than preparing them for math and reading. They need communication skills as well. This article explains how knowing communication conventions will help your child be prepared for school.

Preparing Your Child: Reading
Preparing your child for reading is important. Students who are ready to read have an advantage when they start school. Get tips on how to get your child interested in reading and prepare him or her to participate in a school reading curriculum.

Hooked on Phonics
This Hooked on Phonics review helps you consider whether to use this product in helping your children learn to read. Will Hooked on Phonics give your children an edge in reading? Is it worth the price? This review may help you decide.

Reading Programs
There are several different types of reading programs that can be used to teach students to read. This article contains information on phonics and whole language reading programs, as well as information on a joint approach that draws on both.

Homeschool English
Here’s an article to provide guidance in getting started teaching English in your homeschool. The content referred to as English may also be referred to by names such as English/Language Arts, ELA, Reading, Literature, and Writing.

Homographs are words that are spelled identically. This article has information on homographs, differentiating homographs, homophones, and homonyms, and how to identify homographs. Keep reading for more information on homographs.

Acronyms are a type of abbreviation that serves a variety of purposes. Abbreviations can make long terms more memorable, easier and quicker to say, and save repetition of lengthy terms. Keep reading form more information on acronyms.

What is a homonym? This article will help define what a homonym is, give you tips on identifying homonyms, and describe the difference between homonyms, homophones, and homographs. Keep reading for more on homonyms.

Synonyms are two or more words with similar meanings. People often look for synonyms when a word doesn't seem to fit in a sentence. This article defines different types of synonyms and give examples of synonyms.

Kindergarten Reading
This article has information on the IRA/NCTE standards that apply to kindergarten reading.  Also included in the article are reading activities for kindergarten-age students, whether they attend public, private or home-based schools.

This article has information on antonyms including the definition of antonyms, examples of words that don't have antonyms, complementary pairs and gradable pairs of antonyms, and choosing from among multiple antonyms, and more.

A capitonym is a sequence of letters that has a different meaning and sometimes a different pronunciation (that is, it is a different word) depending on whether or not it is capitalized.  This article explains capitonyms and their use.

What are polysemes? This article will define polysemes, compare polysemes with homographs and homonyms, tell you how to identify polysemes, explain why polysemes are important, and give some examples of important polysemes.

This article will define the meanings of paronyms, show how paronyms can be categorized, give examples of paronyms across languages, and explain false cognates. Keep reading for more information and tips on paronyms.

Homeschool Handwriting Curriculum
Handwriting is an important tool to teach in your homeschool curriculum. Although there are no national standards for handwriting, it is taught widely. This article explains the stages of learning handwriting and gives tips for fun handwriting activities in your homeschool.

A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same forwards and backwards. This article takes a closer look at palindromes with some simple examples and then gets into some of the more complex palindromes that have been created.

This article talks about what a metaphor is and different kinds of metaphors, including extended metaphors, personification, and mixed metaphors. The author also gives examples of metaphors in well-known literary works, such as those of Shakespeare and Jane Austen.

Similes are an example of figurative language, a phrase or expression that uses language in a non-literal way. This article provides examples of similes as well as some ideas on how to make your own simile new and fresh.

Eponyms refers to both a) words that derive from a person’s name and b) the person whose name is the source (or thought to be the source) of the name of something else. Read this article to learn more about eponyms.

Common Proverbs
Common Proverbs are common sayings that capture basic truths. In this article we learn about some characteristics of common proverbs as well as examples of some well known sayings that you may not have even known were proverbs.

Heteronyms are sets of words that have the same spelling, but different pronunciations. Heteronyms are related to homonyms and homographs. Read this article to learn more about heteronyms.

Compound Words
Compound words are formed of at least two whole words put together to mean just one thing. Read this article to see examples of compound words and learn more about what a compound word is and when a compound word is open, closed, or hyphenated.

Homeschool Reading
Homeschool reading is a very important part of any homeschool curriculum. Reading is essential in all aspects of life. Find ways to incorporate reading skills into your home school lessons and help your children learn to read well and love reading.

Reading to Children
Reading to children has a wide range of benefits and is considered by educators to be of such great importance that it is pretty universally recommended as one of the most important things parents can do for their children. This article discusses the benefits and some approaches to reading to children.

Dyslexia Learning Disability
"Dyslexia" means “poor language,” and dyslexia is a particular type of learning disability. This article provides an overview of the learning disability called dyslexia. Keep reading to learn  more about the definition of dyslexia and how it can affect the education of children and teens who have it.

Homeschool Spelling
Homeschool spelling can be a very difficult subject to learn and to teach. Learn more about national standards for spelling here. This article also provides information that can help you create a spelling curriculum for your homeschool spelling class.

What are homophones? Read this article for a definition of homophone as well as a homophone list to help you understand homophones better. Also, learn the difference between homophones, homographs, and homonyms and why they are easily confused.

Ready for Kindergarten
Getting ready for kindergarten means not only preparing to address the kindergarten school curriculum, but - for students who attend a public or private school - also the social and emotional demands of kindergarten. Learn more here.

English Dictionary
An English dictionary has long been a graduation present and back-to-school staple, but with the advent of online English dictionaries, it’s possible to supplement the printed desk volume with a variety of useful online titles, depending on your purpose. This article explains.

Finding Free Literature Online
If you are homeschooling or teaching and need to find literature for your students to read inexpensively, or if you are a parent who wants more material to read aloud or recommend to your children, this article will provide free online sources for literature.

Spelling Bees
Spelling bees have long been a way for students to demonstrate academic prowess through a means other than writing papers or answering questions in class. This article discusses the Scripps National Spelling Bee and spelling in general.