When I think about all the things I really want to include in our homeschool days, but don’t ever really seem to find time, vocabulary words always fits that bill. I find this to be a common conundrum within many homeschooling families. We grow our vocabulary by reading lots of books together and watching movies and listening to music, but how many of those words do we just scan over when we don’t understand the meaning? I’m pretty sure Marie’s Words just solved our vocabulary issues. It’s been simple to implement into even our summer days, where no one is thinking about school AND it’s given me total placidity about where we’re going with strong vocabularies.
Marie’s Words: A Visual Vocabulary
Marie’s Words is a tool created by a very fervent and assiduous high school junior who was studying for the SAT test. When she became inundated by the panoply of vocabulary words that she had to memorize, she took matters into her own hands. She began to sketch pictures to abet her in remembering this extensive list of words. Much to the plaudits of homeschool mothers everywhere, they began to market Marie’s visual word collection so that our children can easily accrue the knowledge that is necessary for testing well, being able to decipher words in advanced literature, and well, to sound smarter to our homeschool-doubting family around the Thanksgiving table.
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What’s included in Marie’s Words vocabulary?
A HUGE collection of word cards. Huge. Like 550 amazingly smart words that are fun to study. Each card shows a picture to help your child (and you) remember the meaning. On the back of the card, you can see the pronunciation, definition, the word in a sentence, synonyms and antonyms. The cards come in a neat, tidy, and easy to store box. Plus they are pre-punched if you want to put a set on a ring to throw into your purse or a book bag. You could also split up the cards, put them on rings and study each set for a month or a quarter each day at morning meeting.
How we’ve been using Marie’s Words vocabulary
Here’s the thing with this tool: it is incredibly easy and versatile. Like I said, when school comes around again in the fall, we’ll be implementing this into our Morning Meetings. For now though, they are fun to have sitting around to fire off questions at each other. My kids are not only picking up new, engaging vocabulary, but they are able to insult each other at a whole new level of intelligence.
Much to my umbrage, here’s a few things I’ve been hearing here lately:
“Vera, why do you always have tobe the most boisterous person in this family?”
“Mom, Sophia is so haughty, isn’t she?”
I have to hand it to them, if they’re going to be insolent to each other, at least they are direly pertinacious and intelligent about it. 🙂
Overall, I have found Marie’s Words to be rife with words that will be beneficial in so many ways. As we use it more and more I know I will considerate it a boon to our homeschool days…it really already is! It has transcended my expectations, that is for sure!
Now before this post gets too verbose, I must point out the bold words. As you may have guessed, these are all words from the amazing deck of Marie’s Words cards. Watch me work, right!?! Now I’m hooked! Someone restrain me!