Why Should I Learn Irregular Verbs? Tips on Cycle 3 English Grammar

Lists of principle parts of a verb seems boring and completely unnecessary.  What does this information mean?  How do we help our children connect with this material?


It helps to understand where we are going.

In the Essentials Program, 4th-6th graders will learn these principle parts of the verbs, learning to conjugate verbs.  The information from weeks 1- 17 cover Chart D for Essentials.  If you learn it before 4th grade, you will already be able to do this part of Essentials.  Then, all this grammar will help you in learning a foreign language, such as Latin.


Use these principle parts in sentences.

Use each part of the verb in sentences.  I have a few examples below.

Infinitive: I need to raise my hand.

Present: I raise my hand.
He raises his hand.

Past: I raised my hand.

Present Participle: I am raising my hand.  Raising your hand is a rule.

Past Participle: I have raised my hand.  The raised hand was in the air.


  1. Have your students make up their own sentences.
  2. Point out uses in a children’s book.
  3. VERB PRINCIPLE PARTS: these worksheets and fill in the blanks with the correct principle part.
    This worksheet includes words for weeks 6-10.


For younger kids, just pointing them out is enough.

Here are several forms of the “do” verb in the book: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.


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Sample of the VERB PRINCIPLE PARTS worksheet:

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