Vocabulary… when I was in school this was a subject I dreaded. It always felt like nothing more than busy work. Now that I’m teaching my own kids, I see why those workbooks were so tedious. It’s hard to find an interesting way to teach vocabulary! Except for one year with traditional vocabulary books I’ve hoped vocabulary would develop for my children just from reading great literature.
However, my 4th grader seemed to struggle to pick up new vocabulary from reading. If she doesn’t know the meaning of a word, or it is hard to sound out she just skips it. Last year I gave in a picked up a traditional vocabulary workbook, and it was just as I remembered, tedious and boring. Plus, she seemed to have no long term retention of the vocabulary words she studied. Three-fourths of the way through the year I tossed the book in the trash, knowing I needed to find a different approach by the beginning of the coming school year. My research pointed in the direction of WordBuild Foundations, Level 1 by Dynamic Literacy, so when the opportunity came to review this product with the Schoolhouse Review Crew I jumped at the chance.
Learn smarter, not harder! If I’ve learned one thing through teaching a struggling learner who doesn’t really enjoy school, this is the key, and Dynamic Literacy definitely meets that requirement.
We got to review WordBuild Foundations, Level 1, aimed at students grades 2-5, (or for remedial work for grades 5-9). It includes two student books and a teacher book. Download a sample here.
Having spent several weeks reviewing this curriculum, my student reaches for her activity book first each day trying to get first teaching time. Each week she looks forward to the magic square activity and the playing with words activities most. The magic square activity makes finding the correct definition to each word fun- it’s also a great activity for self correction. If the numbers don’t add up, try again!
Without a doubt we’ve found a winner in this vocabulary program, Rebekah and I both look forward to picking it up again next school year!
One more thing- Dynamic Literacy has a guarantee. Use the product for 30 days, and if it doesn’t work for your student return it for a full refund.