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This morning over breakfast, Satori asked if I knew what “I’m at the end of my rope” means. I asked her where she learned that phrase from. She then brought me the little vocabulary flip-books we just started using last month. This phrase was in one of the books.

I saw these little flip-books at a local Barnes and Noble and knew that they would be a hit at our house. I purchased from Amazon and used their 4-for-3 and started out with the Vocabulary Power Grade 1 and Raining Cats and Dogs idiom book. Satori is so thrilled with them! She even tried packing them with us on our summer vacations.

They are little flip books that stand up by themselves, each book contained 200 words selected by professional language specialists for the specified age. They’re cute and colorful and fun to use. We loved them so much I ordered Grade 2 and Sound-A-Likes (400 homonym/homophones). There is only one idiom and homeophone book, so we only flip to a new page a few times a week, while the First Grade 1 we flip over everyday.

I promised someone I would get the word list up for the Wordly Wise Kindergarten book. Here it is! (Click on the photo to see it full-size.)

The words seem pretty easy to me, but I mentioned before that Satori loves this program. We did our vocabulary this morning, due to her request. This evening she begged to do another lesson! She doesn’t exactly beg for lessons normally like this. It shouldn’t be long before we finish this Kindergarten book, and are in the First Grade book, which might be more appropriate with more challenging words.

UPDATE 2/4: On our last lesson, each time I showed a new Word Card to Satori, she pretty much said each word before we  “learned” it. That means these words are way too simple for her. We’re going to finish this book in the next few days and move on to First Grade.

Some of you may have noticed that we added a Vocabulary program (Wordly Wise 3000) to our Kindergarten line-up this spring.  Although both Satori and I totally love it, I’ve hesitated to blog about it. Why? I think mostly because my instincts say that by reading aloud so much, especially way above her reading level, that Satori will learn vocabulary naturally (hearing words in context). Which is very true, but as I have recently started increasing my own vocabulary, I’ve found that I specifically need to work on looking up the words in the books I read, otherwise I seem to give them a vague contextual definition of my own. Sometimes my definition is way off! So I am now a believer in specifically working on vocabulary, getting the correct definition down the first time, and then getting repeated exposure (books, magazines, reviews, etc…).

Secondly, this program is a bit costly. But since my daughter begs me to do Vocabulary now all the time, I thought I would finally share. We started Wordly Wise 3000 K (kindergarten) last month. The Wordly Wise 3000 2nd edition offers these colorful and fun programs for grades K-1. You do need the Teacher’s Edition for these first two years (expensive packet of teacher’s manual, huge context cards, and word cards).

After doing the first lesson, Satori did not want to stop. One lesson is supposed to take two weeks, but I caved in and did it all in one day, hehe. I did this because the words weren’t very hard and she easily memorized any that she didn’t know already. After a few weeks of both of us thoroughly enjoying ourselves, I also ordered the Grade 1 book, which follows the same colorful format as the K book. Out of curiosity, I ordered the Grade 2 book, but that follows the format of Grades 2-12, so it doesn’t look as fun. (I do not think the Teacher’s Guide is crucial for the later books.)

Here’s the main website for Wordly Wise 3000 2nd Edition. Best prices with all the selection are on Rainbow Resource, get the Bargain versions if you can, they still look brand new and they’ve got a great discount!

Each lesson starts us with a very large Concept Card. I’ve set a short pencil next to the card so you can visualize its size. This card introduces us to the “Community Garden”, which is one of the first lessons. This brings up the 3rd reason I haven’t blogged about this, this program may be geared for classrooms, this huge card is overkill and hard to store in your average homeschool!

For each lesson, they introduce 10 words, 5 at a time, and these come in colorful cards (smaller than the above Concept Card). For some reason Satori really loves learning the new words, and loves these cards!

We then read the short story. The stories follow the lives of several families with children in Kindergarten (no homeschoolers, bummer). Here’s the lesson we are on now – “Caroline Whistles”

The Student book is the activity book, with the pictures that go along with the story, and coloring and other activities for the child to do. Satori loves coloring and stuff like this, so of course she really digs this too. The photo below shows two sample page spreads.

Since the Kindergarten word list seems so simple, here’s the Word List for their First Grade book…

… and a sample lesson in that book.

Again, I feel embarrassed to be even posting about using this. But I would have loved reading a blog post like this back when I was thinking of purchasing Wordly Wise. Is extra vocabulary program necessary (if you read a lot)? The casual me says no. The geek perfectionist me says heck yeah. Is it the right program for homeschoolers? I’m not sure. Families on WTM forums use it, which is probably why I bought it in the first place. I’m sure there are less expensive vocabulary programs out there. (Grade 2 on up is not as costly.)

But the truth is, Satori loves Wordly Wise 3000. I imagine we’ll keep using this program and add some classical roots vocabulary program in a few years. She is thrilled to learn the new words, hear the stories, and do the activities. It melts my heart to see her using the new vocabulary in her everyday speech, and to write them in her letters and stories. I have a feeling she is a “word” girl. She may not have taught herself how to read and may not be reading chapter books fluently yet, but she truly has a joy for words – new vocabulary words, spelling them, saying them, and writing them.