September 29, 2010
Hi there! I hope everyone is have a great school year so far. One of the many blessings we have already experienced this year is my being able to do reviews for The Old Schoolhouse magazine. I have thoroughly enjoyed this so far and have gotten to experience some great products. So far, Vocabulary Cartoons has been one of our favorites and it's also very inexpensive ($12.95 to be exact). You can see it for yourself by clicking HERE or by clicking on the title of this post. :)
Vocabulary Cartoons is exactly what the name says. It's a vocabulary curriculum that could work well for all types of learning styles. Each vocabulary lesson includes 10 words and uses a mnemonic device to assist the student in remembering the definitions. It also helps that there is only one word per page, which helps with focusing issues. I LOVED that. On each page there is obviously the vocabulary word, it's pronunciation, definition, a rhyming to associate with the new vocabulary word, a funny picture, and three sentences using that word to better explain its meaning. That combination definitely helped Trevor (age 10, 5th grade) remember the words even a couple of days later with no review. He especially liked the funny cartoons. I caught him literally laughing out loud at some of them.
At the end of the 10 word lesson, there is a review for the student to complete. Each review has a matching section where you match the word to it's definition (they are all listed), and a section where you use the vocabulary words to complete sentences that are not the ones used in the lesson itself. In other words, they have to really understand the definitions and the context of the sentences for the review. That makes the review short and sweet. It is easy to tell in a matter of a couple of minutes whether or not a student has mastered the material.
Of course with the cartoons making the lessons fun, it also makes it easy to teach which is always a big plus for mom. :) We really enjoyed this and I would definitely recommend it to others.
*I was given a free copy of the above curriculum only for the purpose of a review on this blog. I was in no way compensated by the vendor.