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  1. My 12yo DS who has dyslexia and an extremely high IQ, scored 12.8 grade level equivalency on the CAT Reading Vocabulary this year. I have never done a vocabulary curriculum with him. His father and I both have higher education degrees and use a broad vocabulary. Should I start doing a classical roots vocabulary program with him, or just let him keep learning vocabulary as he reads and discusses with us? (He also listens to a ton of books on audio, including many classical works, that are at a high school reading level.) Thanks for any insights.
  2. I just wanted to recommend the Kaplan Sat Score Raising Classic series for those who still read hard copy books. These are popular literary classics with important vocabulary and definitions on the left hand side and the text on the right hand side. See Look Inside for an example. The vocabulary words are also bolded in the text. There is an index in the back of the book which shows all the vocabulary which has been defined in the text. Obviously, they don't define every word but I think they have selected appropriately challenging but not too obscure words. While it looks like these were
  3. I'm contemplating using an actual vocabulary program this year for our 8 & 10 year olds (upcoming 3rd/5th grades). Have you used Wordly Wise? I see that they have an online program available through homeschool buyers co-op - I'm not sure how that works. I was contemplating using their workbooks but using the same one for both of my kids (maybe the 4th grade book). Is there any reason not to do that? My thought was to list our vocab words in a central place and use them in sentences throughout the week - through conversation. Just thinking ... how do you guys do vocabulary?
  4. Has anyone created tests for MCT's vocabulary or other the other MCT books? What about vocabulary testing in other programs? What are some of the features, fun things, or ways to really make sure the information is not just rote? My son is asking for Caesar's English tests since he is really loving all the words, history, and such. For my text anxiety kiddo to ask specifically for a test is quite remarkable and I do not want this opportunity to go by without jumping on it. They do not have to be official tests, just something that I can make look test-ish. Ours are not going to actual
  5. Title pretty much says it all. By vocabulary I mean Greek / Latin Root study...... Would it be overkill to do something like this with LLftLotR? This is a transition year before 9th grade. 😊
  6. Spelling / vocab. question: we've used Spelling Workout from the start with my daughters (7th and 4th grade ages). Both are "natural spellers" and for the most part simply *tolerate* the SWO lessons. I wonder if I should have them finish the series (my oldest has just 1 book to go), or if there is some sort of vocabulary or root words program that would be of more benefit. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I am the type to just keep plugging along with what we have, but have this nagging feeling that we are wasting time by sticking with a formal spelling program...spelling
  7. Has anyone used this? Opinions? I'm looking for a supplemental vocabulary program for my 7 year old.
  8. I saw these mentioned in passing on an old thread. Can be use for vocabulary revision as well. Thought it might be useful to someone for summer. Grade 6 http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/spw/6spw2.pdf Grade 7 http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/spw/7spw2.pdf Grade 8 http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/spw/8spw2.pdf Grade 9 http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/spw/9spw2.pdf Grade 10 http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/spw/10spw2.pdf Gr
  9. Hi Honored Gurus, Will you please talk to me about the pros & cons of formal vocabulary/word root study in junior high and high school? My 6th grader has completed MCT's Caesar's English 1 & 2. We loved the program, and it did exactly what I wanted it to do for her: it taught her the most common vocabulary used in the great literature she is just beginning to read, and will be reading throughout high school and the rest of her life. I'm trying to decide where to go from here. My own experience was that the vocab programs I did in high school were a joke - I knew all the w
  10. I'm drawn to different programs and want to narrow, but not sure what to do! My kids will be 5th and 8th. Fifth grader has pretty good voc., 8th grader struggles a bit w/voc. and reading comprehension. My plan for next year was to have them both do Spelling Wisdom (dictation), Wordly Wise at grade level, and continue on with English from the Roots Up together. My goal w/EFTRU is to know all roots well before SAT's. My dilemma is I'm curious about Voc. from Classical Roots. I like that it's a workbook format and I'm trying to give them as much independently as I can next year. What does i
  11. My son who is 6 is advanced in LA. He loves words and meanings and spellings and so do I. So, we have been doing vocabulary informally for a while now. I pick a word of the day and he looks it up on his dictionary and each of us comes up with sentences that illustrate the usage. We make it a fun game. And we read a lot all the time - above grade level books - fiction and non-fiction. We also listen to good literature on audio books on car trips. My child is very motivated and loves to learn words. How do I help him? Is there a curriculum or just reading more and more is enough?
  12. "CINCINNATI — April 9, 2013 — For the first time in the 86-year history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the evaluation of vocabulary knowledge will be formally incorporated as an element of the competition. .... This year, a speller's qualification for the semifinals and championship finals will be based on a cumulative score that incorporates onstage spelling, computer-based spelling questions and computer-based vocabulary questions. Vocabulary evaluation will count for 50 percent of a speller's overall score. The score determines which spellers advance to the semifinals (Thursda
  13. I'm looking for a good vocabulary program for ipad, preferably good for grade 9 to SAT prep. It MUST include pronunciation, and hopefully it will track what the student has learned and not retest. The app store search gives over 150 options... Anybody on the hive want to save me some digging time and tell me what I really want? Thanks!
  14. I am looking for a vocabulary workbook for my 7th grader. This was one of the skills we wanted to work on this year. So far I have the following on my wishlist at Rainbow Resource...Jensen, Word Roots (from The Critical Thinking Co.) and Red Hot Root words. Any experience with these and is there one in particular that you like. Thanks, Robin
  15. My almost 11-yo daughter is spelling-challenged. A former teacher of hers commented a couple times that research has shown there is such a thing as a "spelling gene," and my daughter probably doesn't have it. We used Sequential Spelling 1 last year and she actually liked that okay. We were also using Spelling City, where I would have her study lists from the Caught Ya's that we were doing, along with vocabulary from books she read. This year we are trying Megawords, but we are just not feeling it, and I haven't found a vocabulary program that I like yet. She is writing a lot more, so w
  16. I have an 8th grader who will have to do well on his SAT's one day in the future. Does anyone have a vocab curriculum (other than reading higher level books- we're working on that!) that "wowed" you? Preferably something he can use independently!
  17. Scholastic and SV have a bunch too. I want to hear about these, but I am thinking that most have all gone the stinky workbook way. I am sick of WW after all these years, and my dd doesn't remember the words anyway.:lol: I want to know ... 1. What is the effect at the end of instruction? Has the resource increased vocabulary? 2. Can the same resource have the same effect over all grade levels? Can I use it through all grade level changes with the same result? 3. Is the vocabulary being used after study in writing and reading? 4. Did the vocabulary resource teach methods o
  18. I'm a big fan of gaining vocabulary through reading, but also spending some time having children see words they might not have encountered (or glossed over) in a book before. I know that a lot of my own vocabulary was gained from reading out-of-context materials like test prep books, words that I otherwise would never been exposed to. I'm looking for a long-term vocabulary program which will continue for several years, if not longer. I've heard other HSers rave about both Wordly Wise and Sadlier-Oxford, and from what I've seen from their website samples they both seem like great programs.
  19. I haven't done any vocabulary work w/dd yet & probably should start. She does Latin & she reads widely, but a few minutes of directed work per day would be helpful. I'm not sure what to buy. I've looked at MCT (have we missed the Caesar's English bus?), Vocabulary Vine, Vocabulary Workshop & Vocabulary from Classical Roots. I glanced at Science Roots, but decided to have her start memorizing from Sourcebook for Teaching Science instead. What has worked well in your house?
  20. I'm looking for something for my rising 7th grader. I'm having a baby in september so I'm trying to streamline things for next year. Things that he can do on his own will really help. Any thoughts?
  21. I am very close to finishing CE 1 and 2 with my sons. The vocabulary provided was excellent and we loved learning the latin roots to words. After reading many posts, I am pretty sure that I do not want to continue into WWW. So, what wisdom can the hive provide with respect to a good program to use?
  22. Along the lines of sneaking spinach into the muffin... I love kids books with compelling stories and a rich vocabulary. After reading Scranimals (Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sis) for the 100th or so time, my 3.5 year old asked why sitting SUFFICES for the potatoad. (It *does* sink in!). I'm ready to add to our collection. Here are our top "vocabulicious" books - please share yours! Raggedy Ann Stories (Johnny Gruelle) Able's Island and Dominic (William Steig) Stuart Little (E.B. White) Have a great day! And thank you for sharing. Cheers, Caitlin
  23. I broke down this year and bought a workbook for vocabulary (actually I've bought two different ones). WE HATE THEM! My daughter is really struggling with lists of words that have a definition but no real context. And to make it worse many of these words have very similar meanings. Basically she isn't learning the words. She spends all week reading 25 words out of context and then bombs the dumb quiz at the end of the section. We've always just read literature (aloud and independently). She is very good at understanding the meaning of a new word in context. Does anyone have any ideas
  24. Does anyone know of a good, free website to make vocabulary worksheets? We're starting TOG this year and I'm wondering how to approach the vocabulary part of the lessons. We've never really done a vocabulary program so I'm not sure about the best way to teach it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  25. Vocabulary books are boring, especially to 3 grammar stage boys. Do any of you have vocabulary games that you play? I thought about making index cards, sticking the words to the wall, giving the boys the definitions and making them race to match them. That idea is still being molded, but I figure there is someone out there who has found something fun. Thank you!!
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