Have you been looking for a vocabulary curriculum that's more than just lists of definitions? One that teaches not only the definition of a word, but also its connotation? How about a curriculum that teaches your children the words well enough that your kids actually incorporate the vocabulary words into their everyday speech?
We've been using Wordly Wise since we first started homeschooling in 2005, and we've been extremely pleased with the program. The curriculum, written originally for a public school setting, is set up so that intense teacher preparation or participation isn't required, making it an ideal program for homeschoolers with multiple children or students who prefer independent study.
Vocabulary Reinforcement through Online Practice
Another aspect of the program we've incorporated this school year is Wordly Wise's free online practice at WordlyWise3000.com. At the site, the student can listen to the vocabulary words, definitions, and sample sentences being read, as well as addition explanations about each vocabulary word. The audio lessons can even be download in MP3 format so you can listen to them away from your computer!
WordlyWise3000.com also provides several interactive activities for each book, including flashcards and a synonym/antonym matchup, which are the two activities we've found most useful for vocabulary reinforcement.
I know Wordly Wise isn't the only quality vocabulary curriculum for homeschoolers on the market. I'd love to hear what your favorite vocabulary curriculum is. Leave a comment and share your experience. What's worked for you?