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I would like to start a vocabulary study but really don't want anything that is a workbook. Is there such a thing? I would like something that has real books.
Yes. There are two ways to go: real books that have either a vocabulary guide (built in or a separate volume) or "novels" written in such a way that the child can clearly understand the meaning of unfamiliar words. I don't have the time right now, but if you go to Amazon and find a vocab book like Vocabulary Cartoons, you can scroll down and see what categories it is in and browse through them. I'll return to this thread later if I can remember.
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A couple of my friends use and love Learning Language Arts through Literature (LLATL) but that might be overkill as it has more than just vocabulary assignments.

 

Perhaps you could easily come up with your own curriculum. Assign books of different genres, and have your child(ren) develop their own vocabulary notebook. Select words from each chapter they need to look up in a dictionary, then they would record the definition in a notebook along with a sentence they've constructed using that word.

 

They could also include in their notebooks words they've encountered and don't understand, in addition to the ones you've selected.

 

Hope this helps!

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LLATL looks great but I think you'e right, it would be overkill right now and I can't afford it either.

I'm still looking into laying the foundations...would this work for elementary age dc?

I don't think there is going to be any easy answer for this. I was hoping to find some cheap without having to do much prep work. I thought about going through some books and pulling out words they don't know maybe that's something I'll end up doing! thanks for all the advice.

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It would be very easy to just choose literature for the year and then search the internet for vocabulary lists for each book.

 

For example, I just did a search for "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Vocabulary" and came up with:

 

http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/mrs_frisby/home.htm

 

http://webschool.wash.k12.ut.us/reading/books/ratsofnimhvocab.html

 

http://192.107.108.56/portfolios/o/osowsky_d/toolsviz/frisby/vocab.htm

 

http://mrsdell.org/nimh/

 

http://www.quia.com/jg/278021.html

 

http://www.pickens.k12.sc.us/lhsteachers/hendricks/rats_of_nimh_activities.htm

 

http://yennadon.sd42.ca/online/langarts/frisby/frisby.html

 

This site has lots of activities for various literature:

http://www.arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/56lang.htm

 

and so does this one:

http://www.mce.k12tn.net/units/units_with_books.htm

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This may seem simplistic, but if your children are elementary aged, just make sure they read (and hear) a lot of quality literature over the next several years. Throw in a little Latin, and you will be amazed at what happens without a specific vocabulary curriculum.

 

I don't see anything wrong with vocab study, especially if they were about to take the SATs or something, but the best way is just to be sure they read and listen to a lot of the good stuff.

 

:) Amy

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Sonlight give vocabulary to go with thier history and read-alouds and I think later on with the readers. This year I just pre-read the IG for the vocab and when we ran across the words in reading I paused and we talked about what it meant. Next year we are adding worksheets I made that focus on 4 or 5 of these words each week. First day we will introduce the words from the week, 2nd we will look them up and alphabetize them, 3rd we will match definitions and words, 4th we will fill in the blanks using sentences from the readings we are doing, then the 5th day we will review them orally. I don't know how it's going to work out, but it's an idea that maybe your could use. Hope it helps!

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Sonlight give vocabulary to go with thier history and read-alouds and I think later on with the readers. This year I just pre-read the IG for the vocab and when we ran across the words in reading I paused and we talked about what it meant. Next year we are adding worksheets I made that focus on 4 or 5 of these words each week. First day we will introduce the words from the week, 2nd we will look them up and alphabetize them, 3rd we will match definitions and words, 4th we will fill in the blanks using sentences from the readings we are doing, then the 5th day we will review them orally. I don't know how it's going to work out, but it's an idea that maybe your could use. Hope it helps!

 

This sounds like a great idea, I'll see if I can work it in. Thanks!

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