Editor in Chief Level B-1 by A Life Better Than I Deserve

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Publisher(s): The Critical Thinking Co.
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Editor in Chief Level B-1 by A Life Better Than I Deserve

Editor in Chief Level B-1 by A Life Better Than I Deserve, 2.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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Review: Timberdoodle & Critical Thinking Press

I first became acquainted with the Timberdoodle Company nearly two decades ago through a close friend and fellow pastor’s wife. I did not even have children at the time, yet she shared with me about all the wonderful resources sold by this small homeschooling company. When I was recently asked whether I had any interest in reviewing products for them, I joyfully agreed to review some Critical Thinking Press materials.

I also received two vocabulary-building books within the Critical Thinking series for use with my children. Prior to their arrival, I thought I could use one with each of my two older children, or perhaps my 3rd grade dyslexic child would be able to use the first book along with her brother. However, when they arrived I realized that they both had roughly the same level of difficulty and decided to use them both with both of my older children.

Word Roots A-1 can be used with children from 4th – 12th grades and focuses on Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes. This text contains 4 “Warm Up” activities, 30 “Focus” worksheets focusing on one or two word roots each, 12 Extension Worksheets2 pages of Independent Study, anAnswer Key and a Dictionary in an appendix. Again, these worksheets are all reproducible within a family or classroom.

My 9th grader and 6th grader first went through the series of “warm ups” to familiarize themselves with how English words are formed from many Latin words. They learned about roots, prefixes and suffixes. Then we proceeded to the “meat” of this book, the worksheets teaching word roots.

On each worksheet my children were first presented with 3 boxes containing prefixes, roots and suffixes. They then were instructed to identify the parts of each word by circling the roots. Since only one or two roots are used each lesson, this part is easy. Students then underline the prefixes and suffixes, referring to the boxes above as needed. Again, this is relatively simple and is designed to draw the student’s attention to the building blocks of words. The next part is a little more challenging. Students then match five words with five definitions. Sometimes this part is a little tricky, as more than one option may seem reasonable and the student must pay careful attention to the specific meanings of the prefixes and suffixes. Yes, this part is challenging.

Finally, the student must choose one of the five vocabulary words which he has identified above in order to complete each of five sentences. This portion is usually fairly simple if the student has correctly determined how the word was formed in the first place. However, if a child has not paid careful attention to the nuances of the words, he may find himself frustrated. My 6th grade son experienced this, yet I felt he needed this resource even though verbal skills are not his strength. So I encouraged him to persist with this resource.

My 9th grader, on the other hand, found this book interesting and relatively simple. She quickly completed the Focus worksheets with great accuracy while her younger brother struggled a bit. The Extension Worksheets contained within this resource are designed to reinforce not only multiple lessons in vocabulary but also spelling accuracy. The Independent Study pages are designed to give additional practice in word building. An Answer Key, separate dictionaries for Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes as well as a pronunciation key are all included within the appendix.

This book retails for $14.99 at Timberdoodle here. View a sample page here.

Other Critical Thinking Press materials sold by Timberdoodle may be located on this page here. If you are searching for other Language Arts materials for homeschoolers, look here. Timberdoodle also provides free catalogs for homeschoolers here.

Disclosure:

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received free copies of these books in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 14 Sep 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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