Saturday, August 8, 2015

Review of Scholastic In Action series

I am a mum who blogs and writes about things in my life, places of interests and does product reviews.  I dare say that the contents in my posts are good, descriptive with enough information that keep all of you interested and to continue to support this blog till this day.

However, I struggled with English during my school days, unbelievable right?  Sure I read loads thus leading to a strong grammar & vocabulary but I have difficulties identifying Grammar.  I mean I know my English words but if you asked me to give example for present participles, present perfect tense, adjective etc and I am lost.  I only know past and present tense... no joke.  During my school days I have this thick English Grammar book and I remembered hugging this book tightly especially during exams, memorizing the examples of those individual grammar topics coz we were tested on that.   And then there are the Comparative and Superlative adverbs... can you picture a younger me pulling out my hairs???  It does not help when the book is full of words with minimal black and white illustrations - B.O.R.I.N.G.

Fast forward to current year, there still such books to help kids learn English language in an easier way and one that stands out is Scholastic with their In Action series.  There are 16 mini series that ranges from more academic focused to more fun learning topics.  These topics are clearly explained in simple English with examples and a fun colorful comic strip to further illustrate the use of each language use item.  The series of books sure makes learning fun, interesting and effective!          

Today I'll be reviewing 3 mini series which I think are suitable for primary school kids.  They not only will aid in their grasp of understanding English language better, the 4 panels comic strip illustrations with words shows a flow of event which will give the kids an idea how they should write their composition.

Grammar In Action



There are 3 mini series to Grammar In Actions that covers nouns, phrase, clause, connectors, active & passive voice, punctuation, usage of "a", "an", "do", "does", "should/shall/ought to", verb agreement, synonyms & antonyms etc.  There are a few "Grammar rules" too, I didn't even know there is such thing as Order of Adjectives!


Now, if I have THIS during my days, my life will be so much better.


Couple of weeks ago I shared this youtube vidoe of  Lenka's Everything At Once where she uses Simile as lyrics in her song.  It's very creative and nicely arranged, I like the catchy tune very much.



What I am trying to say, English can be more expressive when used together with figurative language such as Simile, Idioms, Metaphors and Personification.  These are what makes a story beautiful, interesting, full of emotions and feelings, that leads to the next series that I will be talking about.

Animal Idioms In Action


"An idiom (also called idiomatic expression) is an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning conventionally understood by native speakers. This meaning is different from the literal meaning of the idiom's individual elements. In other words, idioms don't mean exactly what the words say. They have, however, hidden meaning." - My English Pages      
  
I love idioms and one of my favourite is "let the cat out of the bag" when I have something exciting planned in my blog for all of you.  This is my favourite thing to do when I am out with DinoBoy hahaha~


New Words In Action

The next series have fun topics that both kids and adults will enjoy.  In this new era there are new technologies and things kept changing almost everyday,  English language are evolving too in its  form, meaning, and behaviour of words.  There are abbreviations such as ICYMI, TTLY, (my favourite is TTFN), and there are cyber, fashion, environment jargon too!  New Words In Action are written to help us navigate through these new words and phrases that are just as interesting as they are useful to know.




This is  me when I' m replying message on my handphone.

Here is the full list of the 16 In Actions mini series, you can also see them over here, they are available at all POPULAR bookstores and selected TIMES bookstores.


Scholastic has kindly sponsor 1 set each of Grammar In Actions and Animal Idioms In Action for our SG50 August Giveaway, for more details simply read on.


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Disclaimer : We received a set each of Grammar In Actions, Animal Idioms In Action and New Words In Action from Scholastic for the purpose of this post & giveaway, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and all photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our approval.

27 comments:

  1. Rain cats and dogs. One of the first idioms I learnt and found it so funny to imagine cats and dogs dropping down

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  2. I like 'Make hay while the sun shines'; it is something I embrace in practice. Carpe diem!

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  3. I like 'cute as a button' and 'pretty as a picture' as they could be used to describe babies and children! 😊

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    FB: Gladys Tiyo
    Email: cherrie14@mymelody.com

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    1. I would like Grammar in Action! Thank you!

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  4. 1. My favorite idioms is Apple of your eye because my boy is really Apple of my eye. *gigggle*
    2. I would like to win Grammar in Action

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  5. Birds of the Feather flock together!
    I like to win Grammar in Action

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  6. My favorite idioms is Cross that bridge when you come to it as I don't like to worry unnecessarily.

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  7. I love food so my favourite idom is to eat like a horse.
    I'd love to win Animal Idoms in Action.

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  8. Tickle my funny bones as that is the first idiom that I taught my boy.
    I will like to win Grammar in Action.

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  9. Tickle my funny bones as that is the first idiom that I taught my boy.
    I will like to win Grammar in Action.

    Fb: Ace Serene
    Email: liaoserene@hotmail.com

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  10. 1. My favorite idioms is burn midnight oil.
    As I usually work late into the night to get my things done!
    2. I would like to win Grammar in Action

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  11. As timid as a mouse. I hope to win grammer in action

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  12. My favourite idiom is "the pot calling the kettle black". I use it to "scold" people in a graceful way. Lol....

    I would like to win "Animal Idioms In Action" for my 9 years old girl.

    Name : Megan Yeo
    Email : rikku.ger@gmail.com

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  13. i want to win Grammar in action
    raining cats and dogs

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  14. A leopard never changes its spots

    Hope to win Animal Idioms in Action

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  15. "kill two birds with one stone" because it's the first idiom that I taught my children.
    Hope to win Animal Idioms in Action
    Khor Lee Ling
    khorleeling@gmail.com

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  16. I like 'Don't count your chickens before they hatch'.

    robert_sim@yahoo.com

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  17. I like 'cat nap'
    Hope to win Animals Idioms in Action

    edenie98@yahoo.com

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  18. Raining cats n dogs
    Hope to win animals idioms in action
    Tan_julie27@yahoo.com.sg

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  19. Favourite Idom: Raining cats and dogs. My kids will ask me where are the cats and dogs and this will set me laughing away.
    I would like to win "Grammar in Action"

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  20. Once bitten twice shy.
    Hope to win Animals Idioms in Action! Thanks for the giveaway
    FB: Chengling
    Email: chengling@outlook.com

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  21. Watch someone like a hawk
    Hope to win Animals Idioms in Action

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  22. Just introduced few idioms in a short note recently to my child... "as red as a lobster"

    hope to win the set. thanks.

    fionacll@gmail.com

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  23. Hope to win 1 set of grammar in action.

    Ruixuan

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  24. once in a blue moon

    hope to win 1set of grammar in action

    celyn11@hotmail.com

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