Roots and Fruits–a recipe for easy vocabulary learning

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Roots and Fruits

This vocabulary curriculum is available in 3 formats.  The e-book is $14.98 (there are special considerations for the e-book, please see the notes on the EDUPS website).  Printed pages are available comb bound for $19.98 or loose for $17.48

We received the printed version (due to the e-version not being Mac compatible) free for our use in order to review this product.

This 72 page book is a complete vocabulary program for all ages from K-12th grade.  The first pages share information about the author-Jill J. Dixon as well as how the program came to be.  Usually, vocabulary programs are not included in a child’s learning until middle school or even later.  This program has been set up so that you can start with a child of any age–even kindergarten.  The activities are fun and easy and can be enjoyed by a range of ages.  A ‘how to use this program’ section as well as a weekly schedule are also included.  The bulk of the book, as expected, is filled with the 673 roots/prefixes and the accompanying 1716 vocabulary words.  These are arranged alphabetically and marked in various ways to indicate their use for early learners (K-3) or for older students preparing for tests (SAT, etc).  The weekly schedule is great at showing how to introduce new roots and words, reinforce them throughout the week and evaluate at the end of the week.  The activities are short, easy, and effective.  We follow a Charlotte Mason approach to learning which would typically leave ‘intentional’ language arts learning for late elementary age and allow the younger learner to absorb these things through great literature, copywork, etc.  I still feel that this program fits right in with our philosophy for our children.  This is a gentle approach that will aid them in comprehension of those great old books we are reading.  The activities are things that will appeal to all types of learners-active, visual and auditory.

Dictionary work is part of the introduction to each weeks root(s) and there are three that are recommended (though obviously only one is needed 🙂 ).  An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster and The Oxford Universal Dictionary will give example sentences for the words, tell its’ derivation and for some give the history.  Another dictionary that would work is the Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary.  This is less expensive, but does not give any word histories or sentence examples.  I had a class when I was a student called Latin & Greek derivatives.  It was probably one of my favorite classes in high school.  I also find the histories of words interesting.  I am really looking forward to sharing this word geekiness with my children through this program.

To read more about this great program and the others things from EDUPS reviewed by my fellow Crew mates check out this page.

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