Beginning Word Roots by Weavings

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2008
Genre(s): Language Arts
Publisher(s): The Critical Thinking Co.
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Beginning Word Roots by Weavings

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Curriculum Review: Critical Thinking Press Workbooks

I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review Critical Thinking Press books offered by Timberdoodle when the opportunity presented itself. I have looked at using these books before, but for one reason or another have never done it. Here is our experience with the Critical Thinking Press workbooks.

The first book I want to mention is Word Roots Beginning for Grades 3-4.  Destini, who is in 4th grade,  has never studied Word Roots and this was an eye opening experience for her. The book starts out with Lesson 1 learning about roots and how they are used in words. As the lessons proceed they focus on learning about prefixes and suffixes and adding them to roots. By Lesson 12, prefixes, roots, and suffixes are mixed together to form words.

Every lesson gives a lot of emphasis on underlining the prefixes, suffixes and circling the root word in every word, which is very beneficial to understanding the formation of words. This was usually followed by a definition which the student filled in with the correct word. Then the student reads a sentence or story and fills in the blank with the right word. Interspersed throughout the book are sections called “Show What You Know”, which reviews the previous lessons.

This book proved challenging to Destini, who was unfamiliar with many of these words and it required quite a bit of one-on-one time. I am sure the unfamiliar words are the point of the book, because it requires them to look at the meaning of roots, suffixes, and prefixes. I noticed that once I worked through the definitions of the words with her, she was more confident to do the rest of the lesson by herself.  Though this is labeled for Grades 3-4, I felt it was more advanced. This book would be challenging for even older grades, unless your child has been studying word roots or excels in spelling. Overall, Word Roots Beginning was a wonderful experience in broadening my daughter’s word knowledge and will benefit her spelling.

I want to thank Timberdoodle for providing the opportunity and the books for our family to use and review. If you have never checked out Timberdoodle‘s wonderful resources, which include not only home school curriculum, but many wonderful games, toys and learning resources. I also recommend their Vodcasts which are short, informative, and humorous video reviews of their products.


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