It turns out that some of my children are voracious readers and others are, um, not. A deep love for reading and hours spent immersed in literary works, not surprising, results in a rather expansive vocabulary.
It does not, however, guarantee perfect spelling.
But that’s thought for another post, and may be something the children have inherited from their mother. Ah em. As I was saying, it was recently
rubbed in my face brought to my attention that there are a few among us who could use some help in expanding our personal vocabulary expression and understanding.
And really, is there anyone who can truly say their comprehension and use of the English language is as vast and complete as they would like?
Standardized test scores can be a sobering reality check when you are the teacher, and have been for the entirety of the children’s education. Every weakness or below average area of study seems a glaring reflection on your ability and diligence as the teacher.
Thankfully every year presents us with a fresh start and, until the children head off to college (or trade school or McDonald’s to flip burgers), we have the opportunity to strengthen and add to the building blocks (however small they may be) of our education.
All of which leads me to our Works for Me Wednesday idea:
WFMW: Wordly Wise 3000 Books
I purchased Wordly Wise 3000 books for Joshua, Rachel and Daniel. I also picked up the answer guides. Just in case my own vocabulary is a little rusty.
It doesn’t hurt to be careful.
I found the books at Christianbook.com (CBD) for a good price. Coupled with free shipping (use code 275405 for free shipping with $50 purchase), the books were a reasonable addition to our homeschool library. I also decided to buy Vocabulary Vine in order to begin some work on Greek and Latin roots. We haven’t cracked the cover on that one yet (it only arrived 3 days ago), but I’m sure it will help transform us into great scholars and ensure excellent SAT scores.
If you have any vocabulary curriculum you use or other tips, PLEASE pass them along.
We’ll deal with spelling some other time.
Stop by Rocks in My Dryer for more WFMW ideas.