SAT Word Power – Book 1
New Monic Books, Inc. – http://www.vocabularycartoons.com
Cost - $12.95
Ages: 7th to 12th Grade
My background is in English, so I was very excited to receive a vocabulary book from New Monic Books. I firmly believe in the importance of a broad vocabulary for my children. What intrigued me most about this book was their approach – they use cartoons and mnemonics to help students learn and retain the words.
I decided to test drive the book by putting it in the back of my car. I know – that sounds crazy. However, we spend a lot of time in the car. I keep a set of books that the boys can grab and read while we travel. They love cartoons, so I had the feeling they would be interested. Sure enough, Noah grabbed and started reading through it. Ben was interested too. The first litmus was passed – the boys were interested. What solidified my liking of the book is when Noah told me he was "truculent" because I wouldn’t let him use my computer. :-) While the sentiment was a little excessive, I appreciated his attempt to incorporate his new word into everyday conversation.
We will definitely be incorporating Vocabulary Cartoons into our studies. I especially want Ben to use it as he starts high school next year; we need to be thinking about the SAT’s. One thing I will supplement is the work around the words. The book provides matching and fill-in-the-blank exercises every ten words. While this is helpful, I think they need a little more reiteration for retention. This is easily done. I can make exercises, tests, and have them use the words in sentences and paragraphs. Additionally, I would include accumulative review as well.
To me, one of the most important things about using a book in our homeschool is the boys’ interest. If they are interested, they will be motivated to learn. Using cartoons for vocabulary has certainly caught their attention.
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** I received this product free of charge for review purposes. **