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Introducing the Grammaropolis Punctuation Department

Our story-based approach to the parts of speech has been a true game-changer: thousands of schools and teachers use Grammaropolis every day. That’s why I’m proud to announce the launch of our new Punctuation Department.

GRAMMAROPOLIS P.D.
Punctuation is the police force of Grammaropolis, making your students’ writing clear and understandable. As with the parts of speech, the punctuation marks are personified based on the roles they play in the sentence, and there’s a song and instruction for each. We’ve also created new drag-and-drop puzzles to help kids kids learn how to punctuate properly.

We’ve already added the End Marks (Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Mark) and bonus sections on Capitalization and Abbreviation. We’ll add content for nine other punctuation marks as soon as it becomes ready.

 

THERE’S MORE!
It’s important to remember that the real goal here isn’t to teach grammar (as much fun as that is). The real goal is to provide our students with the knowledge and confidence to express themselves effectively.

That’s why we’ve embarked on an ambitious plan to offer a comprehensive K-8 English Language Arts solution. We’ll add the Parts of the Sentence to the existing Parts of Speech neighborhoods and the Punctuation Department, culminating in a K-8 Writing curriculum that incorporates the engaging character-based approach of our current grammar content.

HOW TO SIGN UP
This is the easy part! Simply send me an email to let me know how many student accounts you’ll need, and I’ll send you a quote. Our volume pricing is as low as $1/student, and we can set up your school in less than 5 minutes.

Please also remember that teachers can always sign up for a free trial here. The free trial is a fully functional account with student and teacher access to the complete Noun neighborhood as well as an introduction to Officer Period, Detective Question Mark, and Sergeant Exclamation Mark.

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Homeschool Buyers Co-op Special Promotion!

As you might be able to ascertain from the title of this post, we are running a special promotion at the Homeschool Buyers Co-op! It’s for homeschoolers only (they can’t sell it to you unless you are a homeschooler) and it’s for 43% off of the yearly subscription. Go ahead, click that link.

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ESL Site of the Month!

Grammaropolis has been named the EnglishClub.com ESL Site of the Month. It’s a great honor, and it’s also a reminder that 24% of the traffic to Grammaropolis.com comes from outside the USA, with Spain and Brazil leading the way. Previous Site of the Month winners include Grammar Bytes and The Learning Network from the New York Times. Continue reading

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Help us make the single #1 on Sirius XM Kids Radio!

Welcome To Grammaropolis is getting heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live! Doctor Noize’s last single, Banana, went straight to #1 on the national kids’ chart, and now the parts of speech need your help to do the same for their song. Continue reading

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The Joy of Sentence Diagramming. That’s Right, I Said It.

One of the core concepts of Grammaropolis is the visual representation of grammatical concepts. We can tell kids until we’re blue in the face that an adverb modifies an adjective, but it might take actually seeing that concept in action for a young grammar learner to fully grasp it. Sentence diagramming is similarly exciting to me. Yes, I know that by admitting that I risk the cool kids not sitting with me at lunch, but I’ve finally learned to embrace my grammar geekdom. Continue reading

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Awesome Grammar Has No Age Limit

First off, thanks to Cool Mom Picks for this great review of Grammaropolis. There are so many wonderful lines in there, but my favorite is, “…it’s like Grammar Rock and the Mr. Men books had an adorable love child.” The comparison is both flattering and, I think, appropriate. Continue reading

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In Defense of the Subordinating Conjunction

After her recent session with the word sort game, my sister got after me about conjunctions. It’s not the coordinating ones she minds so much (FANBOYS have never bothered her), nor does she really seem put off by the correlative conjunctions, those two words with the ellipses in between. Subordinating conjunctions? Now that’s another story. Continue reading

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“Welcome to Grammaropolis” Lyrics

It occurred to me, as I was thinking about Doctor Noize’s excellent contributions, that it might be a good idea to post the lyrics of his song, Welcome to Grammaropolis.

The words come fast and furious, and the tune is nefariously catchy. The goal has always been for kids to want to memorize the song and thereby (perhaps without even knowing it) memorize the roles of every part of speech. Continue reading

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Doctor Noize Is the Best

I just want to take a minute to recognize the extraordinary talents of my good friend and the songwriter for Welcome to Grammaropolis, Cory Cullinan—better known in the music world as Doctor Noize. Please visit his website and enjoy his first CD The Ballad of Phineas McBoofE (the first of many, to be sure) and the accompanying book. Continue reading

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