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I know this doesn't answer your questions at all... but you looked lonely.


I am dropping Latin and using English From the Roots Up (it's scheduled in MFW CtG & RtR). I also bought the Rummy Roots card game. We are a card playing family, so that looked fun.

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Would you use the cards from English from the roots up with another vocab roots based program? Or what about with teaching latin or greek...?

Have I gone over the edge? :lol: I think I'm in curriculum/planning overload!



Don't have answers for you, but I can tell you what we did, FWIW. I originally thought we would do Latin at some point, but one DS has learning issues, and just getting through learning the *English* language was all we could handle. :tongue_smilie:


We ended up going with English from the Roots Up (EftRU) for exposure to the roots (and from those roots we learned vocabulary), and it has worked very well. Both boys can figure out a lot of unknown words from exposure to the Greek and Latin roots from EftRU. The other thing that has most helped to increase vocabulary here is reading. We still read aloud a lot now that both boys are in high school, and we just throw in a quick definition in the moment. Hearing and reading words in context helps you absorb meanings easily and naturally.


As for using an additional vocabulary program, or a different one, consider your student's learning style:

- Rummy Roots and More Rummy Roots help you learn roots as a "Go Fish" type of card game.

- The Vocabulary Cartoons series presents vocabulary with sound-alike funny phrases and a goofy matching cartoon.

- Vocabulary Vine helps you practice the roots presented through a variety of suggested activities.

- Vocabulary From Classical Roots gives historical background to the words, has exercises, and provides writing assignments.

- Wordly Wise, and, Words On the Vine are vocabulary workbooks.

- there are also vocabulary programs or practice on the computer.



As for whether to teach Latin or Greek, I'd suggest starting with writing down your reasons why (or why not) you'd want to include a foreign language, and the pros and cons about doing so with your particular students and schedule. Then look at various programs and see what would match up with your family; some are quite gentle and more of a general intro, such as the Minimus, while others are full-fledged formal language studies, such as Henle.



BEST of luck, whatever you go with! Warmly, Lori D.

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I would separate out teaching Latin and Greek from teaching vocabulary and roots. I would also suggest reading The Latin Centered Curriculum.


We do Latin and Greek as well as vocabulary and word roots. I have a slot in our daily schedule called "vocabulary or word roots," and we just alternate between them every few days. We do this because we found a roots program we like and also a vocabulary program we like.


Latin and Greek have their own slots in our schedule.

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