Thursday, January 29, 2009

All About Homophones - Review and Discount!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out the products and giving you my honest opinion.

"All About Homophones?" you might ask. "How much exactly is there to know about homophones?" Well, you might surprised to know that All About Spelling's Marie Rippel has put together a 240 page book All About Homophones and it is quite a fun read! So fun, in fact, that I decided to suspend all of our spelling studies for two weeks, just to enjoy some time studying homophones.

Homophones are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently. (Think: to, two, and too.) Teaching your children about homophones helps them to learn to spell and use these fun words correctly. All About Homophones is perfect for your 1st through 8th grader, including a long list of homophones and even a suggested grade year to introduce each one. There are tons of worksheets, crossword puzzles, riddles, and tongue twisters. This book includes cards to print (or cut out) and instructions for six homophone card games for real hands-on learning.

The kids and I really enjoyed our Homophone Unit using the All About Homophones ebook. I decided to let them keep all of their worksheets in their own homophone folders which they decorated themselves:

Inside they kept a running list of new homophones they were learning:

Along with their completed worksheets:
We also enjoyed some fun homophone books, most of them suggested in All About Homophones.
Here's the ones we read:

Using the books really rounded out the study. I can honestly say that the kids were excited every time I told them it was time to study homophones. It was like a game to them, but they were learning the entire time.
You can purchase All About Homophones as a paperback book for $29.95 or as an ebook for $27.95. I really think learning about homophones is a fun way to spice up your language arts studies in the middle of the year and this book is really the only tool you'll need to create a fun homophone unit. There is so much included within its pages.
Plus, there's a big celebration going on over at the All About Homophones website! Right now you can get $10 off any order when you type "FUN" in the customer code box during checkout. That means you can get the printed version of All About Homophones for $19.95 and the ebook for $17.95! But you'll have to hurry because the deal only lasts through Monday, February 2nd.
For more reviews of this product check out the TOS Crew Blog!

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