Marie’s Words from Timberdoodle by Homeschool Circus
Review by Homeschool Circus
Marie’s Words from Timberdoodle
The box says “This learning tool delivers an easier way to learn and retain word meanings, attain success on exams and improve diction for both writing and speaking.”
But we say, “This is family fun in a box!”
Consisting of 550 picture cards, Marie’s Words will help your child “decode” and remember words used in literature and standardized tests.
Created by a high school junior studying for the SAT exam, these cards also provide correct pronunciations, definitions, synonyms, antonyms and sentences structured to SAT standards.
Playing “Picture Words” with just the kids (ages 13, 10 and 8) wasn’t much of a challenge for my oldest. Enter Daddy into the mix and then it became a friendly battle for dominance!
This multi-aged game is played like this: Any number of cards are place picture side up on the table. One person goes at a time and tries to guess the meaning of the word. The definition is read and the group decides if the player is correct or not. If he is, he gets a point. If not, the card goes text-up onto the table. Extra points can be given for antonyms and usage as well.
Another game that can be played with older kids is called, “Wordsmith”. The Wordsmith pulls a random card from the box and reads the pronunciation, part of speech and definition aloud. Each player writes a sentence using this word and gives it to the Wordsmith. The Wordsmith then reads all the sentences out loud. A player can earn a point by choosing the correct sentence (that is the sentence on the card) and additional points everytime someone chooses the sentence that they wrote. The player with the most points wins.
Check out Marie’s Words to help expand vocabulary while having fun!
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.