View Full Version : Homonyms, Homophones, & Homographs

10-14-2009, 02:16 PM
Do you think it is necessary to have your kids memorize the difference between homonyms, homophones, and homographs?

We are on a lesson in Phonics Pathways that is talking about the three H's. It is explaining the difference between them and giving practice using some of these words in sentences. Is it necessary for a kid to memorize the definitions and be able to tell you the difference between a homonym, homophone, and homograph?

I'm wondering if exposure to the concept is enough or if there is some value in memorizing it.

10-14-2009, 02:21 PM
hmm, seeing as I have to google these to remind myself what they are, I have no good response for ya :lol:.

Carol S
10-14-2009, 02:38 PM
I think exposure to the concept is enough, but I'm also a big advocate of learning Greek and Latin word roots. If you are into that, then it's not too tough to keep them straight. But if you're currently using Phonics Pathways, then I don't expect you're learning Greek and Latin roots yet. ;) Introducing the idea is certainly plenty for early readers.