Mrs. Twain, could you tell us a bit more about Word Wealth Jr.? I can find it for sale but there are no pictures of the interior of the book (too old) and, while the reviews are outstanding, no reviewers say exactly what the exercises are like. What is the format, are there new word lists weekly (what types of lists/words from where?), how is each list learned, etc.? Thank you.
For my middle school son (8th grade) I am currently looking at Wordbuild and Vocabulary from Classical Roots. I am signing him up for Witty Wordsmith an online class from Lukeion this fall. My focus for him mostly will be working with, and learning vocabulary from, Greek and Latin roots.
Word Wealth Jr:
There are usually twelve new words in each "unit." Each unit has a theme with related words.
There is a short introduction activity to try to match the new words with a description.
Next each word is defined using several synonyms and example sentences with the new word in context.
Next are two or three sets of practice exercises. One exercise is to copy the new word and write the appropriate definition of that word considering how it is used in the sentence. Sometimes an exercise is a story with blanks to fill in with the new words. The student does the exercises on a separate piece of paper.
A spelling unit is mixed in every few units.
I thought the book was our best resource for vocabulary because of the excellent word lists and because I was forced to discuss it all with my child. Since there is no answer key or teacher's manual (at least I couldn't find one), my child and I figured out the answers together. This lead to a lot more talking and use of the new words in sentences, which is the best way to learn new vocabulary.
Edited by Mrs Twain, Today, 05:23 PM.