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Over the years, I’ve done a lot of homeschool-related reviews. In fact, for a while there, the products were all starting to run together in my head. Nothing was really standing out, and I decided that I needed a break from looking at stacks and stacks of homeschool curriculum and resources. I like to provide honest, good-quality reviews and, in order to do that, you need to really take the time to use a product. Lately, I’ve been seeing so many “canned” reviews floating around the internet. I want my readers to know that they won’t get those types of reviews here at Heidi’s Head. If I say something, I mean it; and I really used the product!
WordUp! The Vocab Show
Dwane Johnson of Visual Latin fame stars in a zany new show teaching Latin and Greek roots, as well as hundreds of English words. Utilizing a new approach to learning, WordUp! seriously expands a student’s grasp of the vocabulary used in literature, science, and standardized tests.
- 10 Video Lessons (12-15 min each)
- 20 Latin & Greek Roots
- 200+ English words
- Links to Online Vocabulary Flashcards
License: This product is licensed for use by one family.
Heidi Says . . .
I have learned from homeschooling my 3 children over the years that every child learns differently. While this approach to teaching Latin and Greek roots probably wouldn’t have worked for my middle daughter (who would rather read a book and memorize facts), it would be a perfect fit for my oldest and youngest, who are both much more visual learners. Having a video to watch is not only helpful for visual learners, but this video is FUN and visually stimulating. It reminds me much more of a fun show that you’d see on PBS or maybe the Travel Channel. And, for my youngest child – a boy who thinks school is “boring” – this approach is awesome! He thinks he’s watching a fun video, yet he’s actually learning!
Dwayne Johnson does a great job at “hosting” these videos. They bounce back and forth between a news desk and interesting backgrounds that help depict the Latin and Greek roots. Again, when it comes to learning styles, this approach might not work for everyone. (For example, I was a kid who didn’t like Sesame Street because it bounced around so much.) For visual learners, though, this approach is fun and keeps their attention because it provides variety.
I love that, after watching the lessons, you can go to the Compass Classroom website and print out flashcards, play games, and take quizzes. This is a great way to round out the learning and make sure that your kids are picking up on the concepts taught in the lessons. (You can also download the Quizlet app on Apple or Android and test on the run.)
The Nitty Gritty on WordUp!
WordUp! is priced at $25, but is currently on sale for $19. You have your choice of formats – DVD (which is what I have), Download, or Streaming. You can choose another option and add streaming for an additional $5. Whatever you choose, this is a very reasonable price, especially when you consider that you can use it for multiple children within your family. (Please note that it is not to shared with other families as the license doesn’t cover that.)
If you’d like more information on WordUp!, please visit the website where you can check out some samples and read other reviews.
***This post made possible by Compass Classroom.***