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Vocabulary Vine A Spiral Study of Latin & Greek Roots

Author: Nancy Hasseler
Price: $14.95   

Item #: C800
Pages: 52
Level: Junior High, Elementary
Class:   Paperback

This non-consumable book is designed for fourth through ninth graders. You learn 108 roots which is three per week for 36 weeks. Your goal is to learn these roots to help you understand English vocabulary since more than 70 percent of English (and 95 percent of upper vocabulary) comes from Latin and Greek roots. You can play 12 zero-preparation games to practice what you've learned.
Study takes about 15 minutes per day. You create a study card with the day's study root and the three example words provided in the book. You make up your own definitions for the example words using the meanings of their roots. For instance, since "thermo" means "heat" and "meter" means "measure," then at the example word "thermometer" you might write, "a tool to measure heat."
What sets this program apart? There are many roots programs out there. What's so special about this one?
1. The roots are interrelated. You study roots through example words. In addition to using the current root, those example words also generally review a recent root and preview a near-future one. This interrelated approach, working with the root at least three times over several days, reinforces it in your memory and makes what you've learned more permanent.
2. 12 zero-preparation games to practice and review roots. One typical game is Smorgasbord: create a sentence with as many roots as possible.
3. Written for homeschoolers. Although many classroom teachers have seen good results with this book, Vocabulary Vine was written by a homeschooler for homeschoolers. You won't have to convert a classroom-oriented book; it's already designed for a homeschool setting.
4. No fluff. You make index cards and create your own definitions for the example words in the book using the meanings of the roots. There are no bulletin board ideas, no examples from classical literature, no philosophy of education, no decorated worksheets, no word-search puzzles, no mobiles or collages to make, . . . you get the idea.
5. No thoroughly obscure example words. Most example words are very common (e.g. automobile), and all are at least reasonably familiar (e.g. geothermal).
6. Roots logically relate to the definition of the word. The roots in "thermometer" mean "measure heat," so it's a good example word. But the roots in "person" mean "sound through," making it a terrible example word, so I don't use it.
The book is 55 pages and it is non-consumable. The price is significantly lower than many of the roots programs on the market. The "bare minimum" instructions fit on a page and a half, meaning that you can pick it up and get started very quickly. More complete instructions follow if you want to read more.

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