Friday, September 17, 2010

TOS Review: Vocabulary Cartoons, SAT Word Power

As any homeschool mom would tell you, a good vocabulary is important to prove that maybe you are doing something right!  When someone talks to your child you want them to know that they are not only well read, but they know how to use the knowledge they've been given.

Yeah, right!!  I'm just glad my children aren't throwing around the word ain't and calling each other ugly names, teaching them an impressive vocabulary isn't high on the list.  Thank you  New Monics, for picking up where I have obviously failed miserably.  I received this book for the purpose of review, little did they know that I have a 10th grader and 8th grader whose life can be changed by such an incredible book.  


Vocabulary Cartoons: SAT Word Power; utilizes mnemonics to imprint words on the memory of the student.  I personally have great memories of mnemonics.  "Pretty Brooks has Lead feet," was the first mnemonic I can remember learning.  If you haven't figured it out, it is the way my 6th grade science teacher taught me the chemical symbol for Lead (Pb).  My last name was Brooks and I can tell you that in the 20 something years since then I have never forgotten it.(OK, I might be fudging that 20 something.)  Well, that is how this book works; it combines cartoons with sentences that will cement the word in your mind.


I love how it links the word, not only with a fun sentence but a truly memorable cartoon.  They are funny, appropriate and truly clarify the meaning of the words.

Now let's talk dollars and cents.  The book is listed at $12.95 and to our family that would be money well spent, it is worth every penny.  It is a totally reusable resource, it contains 290 SAT words to learn and 29 review quizzes, to help test for retention.  If you visit New Monic Books site, you'll find not only books to help prepare your student for SAT tests, but books for your elementary students as well.  What caught my eye was a novel that they offer,  Coffin's Patch. It's an adventure novel that utilizes over 430 highlighted SAT words, with definitions on the bottom of the page.  I'm a firm believer that words you read in context stick with you, that is why I'm a firm believer that Vocabulary cartoons will work for my family and probably for yours as well.  Head over here to see what other homeschool moms have to say about Vocabulary Cartoons.

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{Disclaimer: I received this product free as part of TOS Homeschool Crew to review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.}


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