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Orthography is the study of the elementary sounds, letters and syllables of English. The study of orthography entails phonics instruction for learning to read and spell, and writing letter forms and penmanship.
Etymology is the study of the classification, derivation, and properties of words. During the study of etymology, children will learn to alphabetize, break words into syllables, use the dictionary and library, distinguish between homophones, homonyms, heteronyms, synonyms, and antonyms, use and spell compound and contracted words, class words by part of speech (noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections), distinguish when the same word is being used as different parts of speech, how to make nouns plural and use verbs in their different tenses, Greek and Latin roots of English words and their meanings, add prefixes and suffixes to roots, and the changes in meaning and part of speech that adding affixes causes words to undergo, and the capitalization rules.
Syntax is the study of the proper construction of sentences. Children will learn the parts of a sentence, (subject, predicate, phrase, and clause), the science of sentence analysis, or sentence diagramming, and the punctuation rules.
Spelling is technically a subset of orthography, but we teach spelling throughout the first through sixth grades. Use the resources suggested here for help in teaching spelling by syllables.
These resources and grammar references will help demystify the English language for the homeschool parent.
Using the Online Catalog
This online catalog is made possible through an association with Barnes&Noble.com. Clicking on the book title or book cover will take you to Barnes&Noble.coms information page about that book. You can look at its price, availability, any discounts currently taken for that title, reviews of the book, and other information, as well as order it if you decide to purchase the book. You can even place books in your shopping cart and save them for purchase at a later time. You can continue to add or delete books from your shopping cart until you are satisfied with your order and ready to purchase. Clicking on any link to Barnes&Noble.com will open a new window; to return to CCH, click on the Window menu on your browsers menu bar, and choose Classical Christian Homeschooling.
Sometimes books go out of print, or the publisher runs out of stock. Any book not available from Barnes&Noble.com for any reason can be searched using AddAll.com, a book shopping site which will scan Barnes&Noble.com as well as Amazon.com, Powells Books, Book Close Outs and many other new and used book sites. Be sure to also check BookFinder.com for out of print book searches.
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