Updated: Apr 8
Homophones are words that sound the same but mean and are spelled differently. We study them to reinforce vocabulary and contextual understanding, as well as spelling skills.
When they're taught
Homophones are typically introduced in 1st - 3rd grade, usually along with homonyms, and reinforced throughout the elementary years. The study of homophones meets both state and Common Core standards, however, you will have to go the respective (state or Common Core) website to get the exact one. Nevertheless, they are a part of this complete language arts education.
How They Are Taught
Well, most classroom kids do not remember or understand what homophones are because they are taught entirely as an isolated concept, rendering them completely irrelevant and boring. However, we aren't raising classroom kids, so that does not need to be their fate. Even if you are raising a classroom kid, by incorporating the strategies in this post, you will give them a winning edge they won't likely get in school.
How They're Remembered
The key to mastering homophones is to integrate them into your everyday. Point them out when you read and talk; and games are always a great learning tool as well. The hardest part is to remember to point them out mid-sentence!
In the meantime, whether you have already introduced them and need more repetition, or your child has never heard of homophones before, use the following YouTube videos to supplement your child's study.
Homophones are words that sound the same, but mean different things. Easy.
Watch the Videos
Homophone Worksheets - Free worksheets, no sign up, and easy to print. From the nice folks at Sight Words Game.com