Generally, I prefer to approach English and Language Arts by providing my kids with a wide array of amazing books to read and letting them go ham. Both my kids are pretty eager readers, so this works well for us. However, we do have a few books specifically for this subject.

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Root words, definitions, and origins

Who Put the Butter in Butterfly? This is a book looking at how words come about, figures of speech, weird words, and the like. It’s not at all what I was expecting when I got it, but I’m still glad I got it. It’s a typical chapter book size, 205 pages, and includes a helpful index of words that are explained in the book.

Once Upon a Word is more along the lines of what I was looking for. Root words, prefixes, and suffixes, what language they originate from, the meaning, and some examples. At least, that’s the part of the book I was excited about. It’s also a dictionary, and that’s what most of the book is composed of. It’s also bigger than I was expecting; it’s a bit bigger than a normal chapter book and 252 pages. No index, but like any dictionary, the words covered are in alphabetical order, so there’s no need.

Grammar for preschoolers

Word Fun series – there are three books in this series by Shelly Lyons. They’re all cute, short picture books. They are meant for younger kids and do an excellent job of introducing question marks, exclamation points, and apostrophes. By a different author (Marcie Aboff), If You Were a Prefix and If You Were a Suffix help introduce young kids to these parts of words. Contraction and Plural Word (by Trisha Sue Speed Shaskan) round out the series.

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