Friday, July 13, 2012

SAT prep…in Elementary School!

As you’ve read before, my homeschooled/college enrolled soon-to-be high school seniors are college bound in some way or another.  And whether we like or not, these boys are going to HAVE to take the SAT.  They’ve been studying… but I can’t help but think how nice it would have been if we had started studying when they were MUCH younger!

Being as I’m abundantly blessed in the offspring department, I get another chance to do things a little bit differently.  Enter Marie’s Words.

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Marie’s Words is a fun way to teach the vocabulary needed for the SAT!  Included in Marie’s Words are 550 vocabulary flash cards.  Each card has a nifty little hole in the corner so you can put a ring in it and take it with you.  Like this:

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I have most of the A’s on a ring here.  It’s nice to be able to take a smaller amount of cards on the go, or to the lunch table for review.

Marie’s Words claims it can be used for students starting with Kindergarten!  Included in the box are instructions for playing games with the cards as well, though for my young students the games would be too hard initially, they still REALLY enjoyed talking about the picture (some really funny ones) and felt like they were doing “high school” work since their older siblings have been studying for the SAT as well.

016        This is our little pocket chart that sits at the end of our homeschool table.  Every couple days we explore 2 or 3 new cards.  We talk about what they are seeing in the picture and what the word could possibly mean by what they see.  Amazingly they can get pretty accurate with their elementary vocabulary.  We’ll probably be doing this for years!  What a great value!  As the years progress and they become more and more familiar with the definitions, we’ll be able to expand their knowledge by learning the synonyms and antonyms of the words and by playing the suggested games.

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In our homeschool we take a Classically Relaxed approach and vocabulary flash cards fit into that framework very nicely!

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Timberdoodle sells Marie’s Words for $23.99.  You can read all about it here.  Besides Marie’s Words, Timberdoodle is the #1 resource (in my opinion) for the most unique and engaging homeschool materials.  You can request a catalog here and see for yourself!  And don’t forget to like them on Facebook, they are always giving away AMAZING resources!

Joyfully,

Mrs. Taffy

As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Marie's Words in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, start now! They are so busy once they hit high school its hard to take on one more thing.

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