This is such an exciting and hard-to-believe notion… can little children really learn adult vocabulary? And not only learn it, but can they understand it AND use it in their everyday speech and writing? My answer is a resounding “Absolutely!” Take a look how we are doing it.
The Reading Lesson is a fantastic website. It has so many materials that we are loving in our homeschool. Big Words for Little Kids is one of them. Sure, my son is almost six and the book says it is for ages 8-11, but he is highly gifted, so he was excited to take on the challenge. 🙂
Big Words for Little Kids is so fantastic and organized. It breaks the book up into two-page lessons, which makes it so easy to do daily, without taking too much of our time. This book basically introduces your child (and you) to many Latin and Greek root words, as well as prefixes and suffixes.
I love it how it offers so much information, but in a very doable and understandable format. For example, for the prefix “un-,” the lesson focuses on several words and explains what they mean. Then they are applied in sentences and scenarios. Other examples using the prefix are introduced. Tidbits on that prefix are given and then some exercises are given to the child. I love how there is a challenge section.
We are skipping the Challenge sections in the book right now, but I have a plan to come back to them. When we are done with the book, we will start it over to review the Latin and Greek root words, as well as the prefixes and suffixes. We will then take on the Challenge section to go a step further in our studies of this subject.
All in all, I highly recommend Big Words for Little Kids. My son loves it and I can see how much he is learning by using it. The books is small enough to carry with you to appointments or to do in the car and it is quite affordable. Check out some more of their materials and stay tuned for our review on their Verbal Math books.
Read the Reading Lesson blog HERE. They have fantastic articles and tips for reading and other subjects.