Words of the Week Volume 2

Words of the Week Volume 2

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Grades: 4-6

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18 more weeks' of vocabulary lessons based on striking full-color picture studies!For all ages, nonconsumable. Spiral bound.
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Combining picture studies, copy work and vocabulary, this charming series from Queen Homeschool provides older elementary and middle school students with an excellent resource for that "next level" of learning, Charlotte Mason style. Each volume contains 18 weekly lessons (approximately one semester) and features a unique photograph with the word of the week, definition and synonyms. The following daily lessons provide sentences related to the picture for copy work. These sentences include either the vocabulary word to be learned or one of its synonyms. Some of the copy work sentences are open-ended questions which can lead to additional writing exercises for the student or be used orally for younger students. Worth noting is that the volumes are designed to be completed in order, but the words do not increase in difficulty through the higher volumes. KJ Scripture references and other Christian sentiments are included. A wonderful concept for vocabulary in a real-life context, I am disappointed to see an occasional misspelled word - for example "intruige" instead of "intrigue" in volume 5 (it appears correctly on the next page), although innovative parents may use this as a practical teaching moment. Spiral bound. 39 pgs. ~Deanne

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LOVE Queen Homeschool and the simplicity and gentleness of learning!
Laura S on Apr 30, 2020
LOVE Queen Homeschool and the simplicity and gentleness of learning!
Laura S on Apr 30, 2020
My daughter enjoys this curriculum.
Victor M on Sep 12, 2016
My daughter enjoys this curriculum.
Victor M on Sep 12, 2016
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I had used Vol 1, so I knew about the poor picture quality. And I knew the pictures aren't always ideal for the words; for example, the picture for "picturesque" is very dark and of a building. I would have chosen something more scenic and natural. But, I really liked the concept of a simple, Charlotte Mason, picture-based vocabulary program. However, I was more disappointed that in Vol 2, the "words with similar meaning" are listed and used as direct substitutes without regard for connotation or nuance. Sometimes it's similar enough that it gives a good opportunity for word study (e.g. ascend, advance, escalate, clamber, shinny). Those weeks we looked up the definitions and discussed the differences and whether or not they were good word choices for the given sentences. Others we just skipped instead, such as "picturesque," as the synonyms (charming, quaint, pleasant, winsome) just aren't interchangeable (something can be any of those without being picturesque). Some of the words are lower level such as glimmer/shimmer/gleam/sparkle/glister, while others are much higher such as coruscating/scintillating/luminous/lucent/refulgent. Some use less common definitions - like scintillating to mean shining rather than clever (as in scintillating conversation). Some - like the coruscating list - have words that fit, but the definition isn't precise (that definition is "brilliant or striking in content or style" when it's really not just brilliant/striking, but flashing/sparkling/gleaming. We used 12 out of the 16, and did word study with about half of those. I still like the concept, and dd does learn the words. Just the other day she shouted out "that's one of my words!" when she read it in a book - months after it was one of the Words of the Week. I already own another volume, so I plan to use it, but I'll have to review each week first and sometimes prep ahead rather than open and go as I expected.
May 24, 2019

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