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The Very Best Books for Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar

Colossal Words for Kids is perfect for effortlessly growing vocabulary
The Very Best books to teach vocabulary and grammar

Vocabulary is important to everyone. Giving kids a larger vocabulary means giving them more words to express themselves, to form new ideas, and to grow their imagination. The more words a person knows the more they can undestand when listening, conversing, and reading. One thing I have learned over the years from homeschooling my own children (as well as observing my friends’ children) is that reading and a large vocabulary go hand-in-hand. There is tons of research out there explaining exactly why vocabulary makes such an impact, so I’m not going to rehash it here. What I will do is share some of my favorite books for growing your child’s vocabulary.

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Colossal Words for Kids by Collette Hiller

Colossal Words for Kids is perfect for effortlessly growing vocabulary

This brand-new book (release date May 7) by author Collette Hiller is my current favorite. Through the use of fun rhymes and mesmerizing illustrations your kids’ vocabulary will grow…without them even realizing it. Colossal Words for Kids is geared for kids 7-12 but my 4&6 year old grandsons love the silly rhymes and fun pictures.

Your child's vocabulary will grow by lealps and bounds with Colossal Words for Kids

Colossal Words has a whopping 75 words for your kids to learn. The definitions are all written clearly enough to make the learning effortless.

Colossal Words for Kids is a must-have book
Colossal Words for kids is perfect for your homeschool

To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What is a Verb?

This series of books, starting with To Root, to Toot, to Parachute was pretty much the only “formal” grammar curriculum (alongside Mad Libs) that I used while homeschooling my children. Did it work? Let me put it this way, my oldest was asked if she wanted to become a tutor in the learning center her first quarter of Running Start (college) at age 16…so, yes, I’d say it worked.

This series of books has now expanded to 27! I think there were only 5 or 6 when we started using them. The magic of these books is teaching children what parts of speech are (verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc) in such a fun way and with such absurd and memorable rhymes that they are sure to remember them. So much more fun than a repetitive workbook. Trust me, you will not regret buying these books and adding them to your home library.

Big Words for Little Geniuses

Big Words for Little Geniuses Review

I wrote a full review of this book here or you can just check it out on Amazon. Much like Colossal Words for Kids, this book is geared toward growing a child’s vocabulary and is designed specifically for preschoolers (ages 3-6). It has 26 words (a-z) like bibliomania, kerfuffle, and juxtaposition.

A Few More Books Teach Grammar & Punctuation Naturally

Eats Shoots and Leaves; Why Commas Matter

Girls Like Spaghetti: Why You Can’t Manage Without Apostrophes!

Do you have any favorite books for growing a great vocabulary? Please share in the comments!

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1 Comment

  1. Jo

    A. set of The Words are CATegorical is on the way to me as I write! This was perfect timing, as I am building our ELA curriculum for this upcoming school year. Thank you so much for this reccomendation!

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