Language arts is my favorite subject I’ve planned for my freshman so far. Included in our language arts regime, we’ve focused on grammar, literature–and pulling grammar lessons from our literature, and writing. The combination of these has made for a doable, simple, well-rounded language arts this year. There’s one more thing that I find to be really important in any level of language arts: vocabulary. At the high school level, I find it to be even more important. The word they’re using are getting harder and there’s more and more of them. Subjects like science and math are crucial to knowing the vocabulary given. Knowing the roots of words can really help with this process, so you’re not just memorizing hundreds of words, but you’re actually memorizing stories behind the words, making it easier to decipher the meanings.
What are Word Roots workbooks?
Word Roots vocabulary workbooks clearly lay out common Greek and Latin root words. From there, you learn to add the suffix and/or prefix, completing your vocab words. With the lesson’s vocab words, your child then completes sentences or answers questions. You could do so much with these vocabulary words, but I feel like these lessons are just enough to get a good grasp of the Greek and Latin roots. And it crosses over to so many different areas. Literature and reading, science, math, and more–these are all so much easier if your child has a good base of vocabulary.
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Why we’re enjoying Word Roots workbooks
The highlights in a nutshell:
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- The simplicity of ONE workbook. That’s it. I love that.
- The lessons are short and super effective.
- The content is repeated a few times, so not to forget what you’ve done already.
- Vocab words are mixed in complexity. Your kids have probably heard of plenty of them but haven’t understood the roots. Plenty of other words, they’ve never heard of, but knowing the roots will help them fully understand the meanings.
- Word Roots doesn’t take the student much time, which means they could do several lessons in one sitting if needed.
We’ve been so pleased with Word Rootsfor vocabulary this year. Do you do vocabulary in your homeschool? If so, what resources do you use?